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. 


Select Recent Awards Won:

  • Orion “Stranger Natures” Environmental Writing Workshop, Juried Participant, 2022
  • Poetry Society of Virginia’s Dr. Lucille E. Thompson Award, and Laura Day Boggs Bolling Award, 2022
  • American Book Fest Best Book Award, Current Events, and Finalist, Social Change, Anthology Contributor, 2021
  • Women of Appalachia Project, Juried Participant, 2021
  • Princemere Poetry Prize, Semi-Finalist, 2021
  • Poetry Society of Michigan's Barbara Sykes Memorial Humor Award, 2021
  • Open: Journal of Arts & Letters, Editor's Prize in Flash Discourse, 2021
  • St. Petersburg Review's Summer Literary Seminar Virtual Master Class in Hybrid Writing, Juried Participant, 2021
  • Kaz Creative NonFiction Conference, Juried Participant, 2020
  • Sewanee Writer's Conference MFA Scholarship, 2019
  • Sundress Publications Poetry Workshop & Residency Scholarship, 2019
  • Iowa Arts Council Delegate, First International Teaching Artist's Conference, Oslo, Norway, 2012
  • Grin City Collective Artist & Writers Residency Scholarship, 2009