Laura Maylene Walter is the recipient of the 2010 G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction and Ohioana’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 Poets & Writers, The Sun magazine, The Writer, Tampa Review, Fourteen Hills, Inkwell, American Literary Review, Ohioana Quarterly, Flyway, Crab Creek Review, South Dakota Review, Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology, Cat Fancy (yes, Cat Fancy) and elsewhere. She was nominated for a 2011 Pushcart Prize and her novel-in-progress, Opal, was named a runner-up in the 2010 James Jones First Novel Fellowship. She has attended the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Writers in the Heartland writing residency, and the 2013 Tin House Writers’ Workshop (on a full scholarship).
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 recently left her position as a senior editor of a trade magazine to pursue her MFA in fiction at Bowling Green State University, where she has a teaching assistantship and serves as the fiction editor of Mid-American Review. She is also a contributing editor of Cherry Tree, a new, national literary journal. She lives in Cleveland with her husband and their two cats.
Interviews, reviews, and guest posts: 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).