Growing up in small town Oklahoma, Bee Bloeser had a childhood dream—a life of sacrifice in the African Bush. In her grown-up reality, visits with a princess in a medieval palace, camel caravans coming off the Sahara and even daily life set to the rhythms of tribal music and against hazy African skies align with her romanticized vision. Then her filmstrip-inspired dream runs headlong into new realities—the brutality of civil war and tribal conflict, a violent dictatorship and a heartbreaking humanitarian crisis unknown to the rest of the world.
Equipped with vivid memories and documentary evidence, Bloeser now reaches back across the years to bring us this personal story set alongside a very public triumph—the global eradication of smallpox. After decades by her late husband’s side and in her own career in speech pathology, Bloeser now lives and writes in California. Her writing has won awards with the Society of Southwestern Authors, and she has been a semi-finalist in Tucson Festival of Books Literary Competition. She enjoys public speaking and is a member of USAID Alumni, Toastmasters International, P.E.O., and multiple authors’ groups. She treasures time with her children, granddaughter, church family, close friends and granddoggies—and she’s still in love with Africa.
- Award-winning author with the Society of Southwestern Authors
- Semi-Finalist in the Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards Competition.
Author of the historical memoir, VACCINES & BAYONETS: Fighting Smallpox in Africa amid Tribalism, Terror and the Cold War.
Here in this website you can glimpse the humor and horror of a true story that few have ever heard as you explore these pages. And you may discover that VACCINES & BAYONETS reverberates in today’s news. READ EXCERPTS. READ MY ARTICLES.
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B.A. in theatre; M.A. in speech pathology
Continuing ed instructor to nurses, teachers and parents.
Actress, interpretive reader and barbershop quartet singer.
Available to speak on a variety of topics related to her experiences in West Africa, tailored for your specific group:
- Geo-political intrigue and shattering of innocence abroad
- “Independence was supposed to be better than this.”
- Smallpox and its Eradication – One Family’s Experience
- Barriers to girls’ education in northern Nigeria
” Bee is an engaging knowledgeable speaker who supplements her presentations with photographs and personal experiences that will move you deeply while educating you about the incredible journey that led to the eradication of Small pox. I highly recommend her to your group.” Linda Herzog, J.D.
CONTACT BEE to book a presentation for your group, or just to connect.