She was a creative writing Fulbright scholar and won the 2013 California Writers Exchange Award, a contest held by Poets & Writers every three years to introduce emerging writers from California to the New York literary community. You can read about her experience here and here. In 2014, Laura was awarded a Kimmel-Harding Nelson residency.
Laura was a 2009 Pushcart Prize nominee, and has published work in Hobart Magazine, Runner's World/Running Times, Shape, Christianity Today, Point Magazine, Lakehōm Magazine, A Cappella Zoo, the Cricket Online Review, The Mills Quarterly, The Campanil, and Building Bridges: The 2009 San Francisco Writers Conference Anthology.
She studied writing under Anthony Doerr, Yiyun Li, and Victor LaValle. During her time as an MFA student at Mills College, she won the Ardella Mills prize for graduate fiction in 2005 and 2006, and was nominated for the 2006 Best New American Voices.
Laura hails from Minneapolis but now calls Oakland home, where she lives with her husband and three kids. When she's not writing or running after her kids, she's running with them in the double stroller; she has also been coaching distance runners for more than a decade, and occasionally appears in ads that require crazy runner types.