Bee Bloeser had a romantic childhood dream to live in a jungle hut in Africa. Her grown-up reality? In addition to the many things she still loves about Africa, she encountered tribal pogroms, Cold War tensions and a bloodthirsty dictator. Her six years in the Arabian desert were tame by comparison.
Sensitive to social injustice, poverty and violence she recorded details and asked questions. The answers made possible her forthcoming historical memoir, Vaccines & Bayonets: Fighting Smallpox in Africa amid Tribalism, Terror and the Cold War.
Bee has had a black mamba in her yard, spent time with a princess in the harem of a medieval palace, and lived on a sinister equatorial island where the president burned all the boats to prevent escape.
These adventures, in addition to years with Native American communities, came as she followed her late husband in his work to eradicate smallpox and his other work in public health.
After her own career as a speech-language pathologist, Bee turned to writing and public speaking about her eye-opening and harrowing experiences in Africa during the historic eradication of smallpox.
Author of forthcoming historical memoir Vaccines & Bayonets: Fighting Smallpox in Africa amid Tribalism, Terror and the Cold War.
Award-winning author with the Society of Southwestern Authors
Semi-Finalist in the Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards Competition.
B.A. in theatre; M.A. in speech pathology
Taught classes of nurses, teachers and parents.
Performed in plays, interpretive readings and women’s barbershop quartets.
Available to speak on a variety of topics related to her experiences in West Africa, tailored for the specific group:
- Geo-political intrigue and innocence abroad
- One family’s role in the Smallpox Eradication Program
- Barriers to girls’ education in northern Nigeria
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