For the past six years, Laura has been hard at work on ner novel, The Low-Flying Dove, the product of a Fulbright scholarship. An excerpt from this work was the winning submission for 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. Poets & Writers flew Laura to New York for an all-expense-paid, weeklong trip to New York City to meet with literary agents, editors, writers, and publishing professionals. You can read about her experience here and here. In 2014, Laura was awarded a Kimmel-Harding Nelson residency.
She was nominated for a 2009 Pushcart Prize, and has published work in 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.
Most recently she and her husband (also a writer) published a story in Hobart Magazine about surviving a hurricane and airport shooter, and in the process facing their deepest fears.
Laura 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 her for the 2006 Best New American Voices.
Laura lives in Oakland with her husband and two 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.