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 or is forthcoming in Kenyon Review, Poets & Writers, The Sun magazine, The Writer, Michigan Quarterly Review, Notre Dame Review, Puerto del Sol, Tampa Review, Portland Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, South Carolina Review, Fourteen Hills, SmokeLong Quarterly, Green Mountains Review Online, 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 in the Heartland writing residency, and was a 2013 Tin House Writers’ Workshop Fiction Scholar. In 2016, she will attend the Writers Omi at Ledig House residency.
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. More recently, she left her position as a senior editor of a trade magazine to pursue 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.
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: 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).