Laura Sweeney

Poet

Ames, IA 50014

Author's Bio

Laura Sweeney facilitates Writers for Life in Iowa and Illinois. She represented the Iowa Arts Council at the First International Teaching Artist's Conference in Oslo, Norway. Her poems and prose appear in sixty plus journals, and ten anthologies, in the States, Canada, Britain, Indonesia, and China. Her recent awards include a scholarship to the Sewanee Writer's  Conference.  In 2021, she received an Editor's Prize in Flash Discourse from Open: Journal of Arts & Letters; Poetry Society of Michigan's Barbara Sykes Memorial Humor Award; and two of her poems appear in the anthology Impact: Personal Portraits of Activism, an Indie Book Awards finalist.  She is a PhD candidate in English Studies/Creative Writing at Illinois State University where she can be found walking the Consitution Trail with her adorbs mini-doxie Freya.

Publications & Prizes

Anthologies:
We've Always Done It! (Alternating Current Press, 2022)
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Last Call: The anthology of beer, wine, & spirits poetry (Concrete Wolf, 2018)
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In the Words of Womyn International (Yellow Chair Press, 2016)
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It's About Time (Main Street Rag, 2016)
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Nuclear Impact Anthology: Broken atoms in our hands (Shabda Press, 2016)
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Wordrunner eChapbook Anthology: Devices (Wordrunner eChapbooks, 2016)
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The Body in D(ist)ress (Negative Capability Press, 2015)
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Farmscape: The changing rural environment (Ice Cube Press, LLC, 2012)
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Canadian Woman Studies/ les cahiers de la femme
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Descant
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Door is a Jar Magazine
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Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies
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Hedge Apple
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IthacaLit
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Journal of Poetry Therapy
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Lyrical Iowa
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Marathon Literary Review
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One Sentence Poems
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Open: Journal of Arts & Letters
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Peninsula Poets
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Pilgrimage Magazine
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Plainsongs
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Potomac Review
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Qwerty
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Saint Katherine Review
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Streetcake Magazine
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The Daily Palette
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Women's Studies Quarterly
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Prizes won: 

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  • Women of Appalachia Project, Juried Participant, 2021
  • Princemere Poetry Prize, Semi-Finalist, 2021
  • Poetry Society of Michigan's Barbara Sykes Memorial Humor Award, 2021
  • Open: Journal of Arts & Letters, Editor's Prize in Flash Discourse, 2021
  • St. Petersburg Review's Summer Literary Seminar, Juried Participant, Virtual Master Class in Hybrid Writing, 2021
  • Kaz Creative NonFiction Conference, Juried Participant, 2020
  • Sewanee Writer's Conference MFA Scholarship, 2019.
  • Sundress Publications Poetry Workshop & Residency Scholarship, 2019.
  • Iowa Arts Council delegate, First International Teaching Artist's Conference, Oslo, Norway
  • Grin City Collective Artist & Writers Residency Scholarship, 2009

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Born in: 
Estherville
Raised in: 
IA
Iowa
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Last update: Aug 30, 2022