Laura Sweeney, MS/MPA/MFA, 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, winner of the American Book Fest Best Book Award, Current Events, 2021 .  She is a PhD candidate, English/Creative Writing, at Illinois State University. 



  • Doctor of Philosophy, English Studies/Creative Writing, Illinois State University, (anticipated graduation 2025)
  • Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing, Poetry, Southern Illinois University, August 2020
  • Thesis: In the Registry of Concerned Citizens
  • Master of Public Administration, Public Management, Iowa State University, August 2012
    • Minor: English (Creative Writing; Rhetoric and Professional Communication)
    • Master of Science, Social Science, Iowa State University, August 2012
      • Areas: Anthropology; Research and Evaluation; Sociology
      • Minor: Women’s and Gender Studies
      • Dual Thesis: Farmscape in Retrospect: Reflections on the Process of Research-Based Theatre
      • Graduate Certificate in Education for Social Justice, Iowa State University, December 2009
      • Graduate Certificate of Public Management, Iowa State University, August 2005
      • Bachelor of Arts, Speech Communication, Iowa State University, May 1999
      • Undergraduate Certificate, Community Leadership & Public Service