Laura's short story, "Pink Cathedrals" (published in the Arroyo Literary Review in 2017) was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She received honorable mention for the 2017 Glimmer Train's Short Story Award for New Writers. 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.
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.