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, 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, an Indie Book Awards finalist.  She is a PhD candidate, English/Creative Writing, at Illinois State University. 



Doctor of Philosophy, English/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