Laura’s passion for writing began in her teens and has continued to inform every aspect of her life since then. She has taught English and creative writing in classrooms, workshops, and the homeschool setting. Recently, in caring for and teaching a toddler, her obsession with the imagination has been reinvigorated—the innate wonder of it, why it’s essential to cultivate it, and how we work together to keep it alive. She is a multi-genre writer but considers poetry her first love and the genre that taught her how to synthesize and organize language: to craft image, energy, and tension to create a particular experience for the reader. As a writing teacher at Project Write Now, her top priority is to provide a safe and enriching environment in which her students can move beyond self-criticism to self-expression, and explore the untamed world of their imaginations. Laura has her MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. She has been published in The San Diego Poetry Annual and lives in Southwest Virginia with her two dog-children.