Laura Joyce Davis writes to explore the triumph of the human spirit in a world of constant fracture. Her current project, Misinformed, is a podcast that looks at US-Mexico immigration through the lens of real life stories from both sides of the border and the political spectrum. It’s part of a larger project that includes moving to Mexico for a year starting in July 2020, 100 interviews throughout the U.S. and Mexico, and partnerships with Ethical Storytelling, the Mexico Department of Immigration, and four Mexican universities. The goal of the project is to bring together stories that show how we become who we are—and help us understand each other better in a time of political and ideological division. Misinformed was selected as a finalist for the WNYC podcast accelerator contest and also for a U.S. Department of State Fulbright Senior Scholar fellowship. Season one will be released to the public in 2020.
Laura's fiction and creative non-fiction has often entertwined with social justice. She writes for Micro Business Mentors, a non-profit that provides microloans and busineess mentoring to those in depressed economic regions of the world. As a Fulbright scholar to the Philippines in 2010, Laura spent a year working with sex trafficking survivors, whose courage in the face of corrosive injustice inspired her novel, which 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. Laura was a Kimmel-Harding Nelson resident, won two Ardella Mills prizes for fiction, and has been nominated for two Pushcart prizes, the Best New American Voices, and Glimmer Train’s Honorable Mention for New Writers.
She studied writing under Anthony Doerr, Yiyun Li, and Victor LaValle. 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.
You can follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook @laurajoycedavis.