Laura Maylene Walter is the recipient of the 2010 G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction and the Ohioana Library Association’s 2011 Walter Rumsey Marvin grant. Her short story collection, Living Arrangements (BkMk Press 2011), won a national gold IPPY award and a silver Foreword Book of the Year award.
Laura’s writing has appeared in the Kenyon Review, Poets & Writers, The Sun, The Writer, Ninth Letter, Michigan Quarterly Review, Chicago Tribune‘s Printers Row, Notre Dame Review, Washington Square Review, Puerto del Sol, Tampa Review, Portland Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, South Carolina Review, Fourteen Hills, SmokeLong Quarterly, Green Mountains Review Online, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, American Literary Review, Ohioana Quarterly, Flyway, Crab Creek Review, South Dakota Review, Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology, Equus, Cat Fancy (yes, Cat Fancy) and elsewhere. She has attended the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Writers Omi at Ledig House residency, the Writers in the Heartland writing residency, and was a 2013 Tin House Writers’ Workshop Fiction Scholar.
Laura grew up in Lancaster, PA. She went on to study literature and creative writing at Washington College, where she received the Sophie Kerr Prize, the nation’s largest undergraduate literary award. She worked in several nonprofit positions and as the senior editor of trade magazine prior to pursuing her MFA in fiction at Bowling Green State University, where she taught creative writing and composition and served as the fiction editor of Mid-American Review. She is also a contributing editor of Cherry Tree, a national print literary journal, and Neutrons/Protons, a humor and comics journal. She blogs for the Kenyon Review.
Laura is a freelance writer and leads writing workshops at Literary Cleveland and Cuyahoga County Public Library. She is currently working on a novel and a second story collection. She lives in Cleveland with her husband and two cats.
Interviews, reviews, and guest posts: KR Conversations (interview), Among Animals (interview), SmokeLong Quarterly (interview), The Fiction Writers’ Review (Q&A), An Interview with Laura Maylene Walter (pdf), New Pages (review), ForeWord Reviews (review), Cleveland Magazine (review), PANK (review), The Quivering Pen (guest post for “My First Time” series), Lakewood Patch (article), Lakewood Observer (article), Washington College Magazine (interview), Lancaster Newspapers (article), Averil Dean’s blog (Q&A), Pelt and Other Stories (Q&A), Niche Magazine (MFA spotlight interview).