The Pressure of Young Promise

Posted on 26 October 2010

My personal essay “The Pressure of Young Promise” appears in the Why We Write section of the November/December 2010 Poets & Writers magazine. I’m beyond thrilled to appear in P&W — I’ve subscribed for years and it’s a little surreal to see my own byline in there.

Just for the record, I most certainly did not drive to three bookstores Saturday morning to track down the new issue because I couldn’t wait for my copies to come in the mail. That definitely didn’t happen.

Anyway. My essay is about failing to live up to expectations, rejection, pressure, and perseverance. It’s available only in print, but P&W is sold in many major bookstores…which, by now, have hopefully managed to display the new issue instead of making certain people run around to various bookstores until they finally find it and have to shove other customers out of the way to reach the magazine rack. So rude.

7 responses to The Pressure of Young Promise

  • Margosita says:

    I want to read that! I guess now I’ll have to walk to B&N on my lunch break and pick up a copy, as my subscription has lasped in my recent move.


  • Averil Dean says:

    That’s wonderful! Congratulations! Now I’ve got to hunt it down …

  • Lyn Hawks says:

    Laura, thanks so much for your story. Your words have stayed with me every since I read it. I just referenced you in my blog. Your journey is admirable and inspirational!

  • lisahgolden says:

    I read this piece! I did not make the connection. I am so sorry. I’m going to be linking this in a post either today or tomorrow.

    It is a great piece, Laura.

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