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

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Anthologized Poems

  • “Elegy for Montebello.” Vanguard: Exercises for the Creative Writing Classroom, edited by Jasmine E. Bailey Epstein, Kate Osana Simonian, and Jess Smith, Raider Publishing, 2020,

raider.pressbooks.pub/vanguard/chapter/and-i-have-a-right-to-be-here/.

Anthologized Creative Nonfiction

  • “And I Have a Right to Be Here.” Vanguard: Exercises for the Creative Writing Classroom, edited by Jasmine E. Bailey Epstein, Kate Osana Simonian, and Jess Smith, Raider Publishing, 2020,

raider.pressbooks.pub/vanguard/chapter/and-i-have-a-right-to-be-here/.

Peer-Reviewed Poems

  • Peninsula Poets, Contest Edition, Fall 2021, “You Probably Are One Too.”

poetrysocietyofmichigan.com/2021/10/30/you-probably-are-one-too-laura-sweeney/.

  • SWWIM, 17 June 2021, “Ocean of Heaven.”

swwimmiami.substack.com/p/ocean-of-heaven.

  • Open: Journal of Arts & Letters, 6 Feb. 2021, “At the Fountain.”

ojalart.com/poetry-all-forms-stylesfeatured-series-prose-poetry2020-theme-a-lovers-complaintlaura-sweeneyat-the-fountain/.

  • Open: Journal of Arts & Letters, “I Listen to the Soundtrack from A Star Is Born.”

ojalart.com/poetry-all-forms-stylesfeatured-series-prose-poetry2020-theme-a-lovers-complaintlaura-sweeneyi-listen-to-the-soundtrack-from-a-star-is-born/.

  • Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry, December 2020, “Tryin’ On Shoes.”

wordgathering.com/vol14/issue4/poetry/sweeney/.

  • Shot Glass Journal, Issue #32, Fall, 2020, “Meditation on Silencing.”

musepiepress.com/shotglass/issue32/laura_sweeney1.html.

  • MockingHeart Review, October 2020, “Things You Shouldn’t Touch.”

mockingheartreview.com/archives/volume-5-issue-3/poetry/laura-sweeney/.

  • Saint Katherine Review, Sept. & Oct. 2020, “Lydia’s Song.”

stkathreview.org/lydias-song/.

  • Saint Katherine Review, Sept. & Oct. 2020, “Psalm for the Fallen Women.”

stkathreview.org/psalm-for-the-fallen-women/.

  • StepAway Magazine, Issue 31, Mar. 2020, “Art Farm.”

stepawaymagazine.com/archives/4108.

  • Marathon Literary Review, Issue 17, Feb. 2020, “Love Note to Say Goodbye.”

marathonlitreview.com/2020/02/28/love-note-to-say-goodbye-laura-sweeney/.

  • Amethyst Review, 30 Sept. 2019, “The Last Thing I Saw Before My Accident.”

amethystmagazine.org/2019/09/30/the-last-thing-i-saw-before-my-accident-a-poem-by-laura-sweeney/.

  • Amethyst Review, 10 Sept. 2019, “Woman (In the Woods).”

amethystmagazine.org/2019/09/10/woman-in-the-woods-a-poem-by-laura-sweeney/.

  • IthacaLit, Summer 2019, “An Entanglement.”

ithacalitarchives.com/summer-2019.html.

  • Tipton Poetry Journal, Issue #38, “A Tarot Reading,” and “At the IPA Workshop.”

issuu.com/tiptonpoetryjournal/docs/tpj38.

  • Split Rock Review, Issue 10, Spring 2018, “Tell Me, What Were We Before.”

www.splitrockreview.org/sweeney.

  • Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, vol. 28, “Ways to Get from Here to There.”

mobiusmagazine.com/poetry/waystoge.html.

  • Aji, Issue 7, Fall 2017, p. 90-91, “Beholding,” and “This is the Work.”

www.ajimagazine.com/uploads/2/2/2/8/22289112/ajimagazineissue7.pdf.

  • Hawaii Pacific Review, 21 Sept. 2017, “To Nica, with Love.”

hawaiipacificreview.org/tag/laura-sweeney/.

  • The Good Men Project, 10 Mar. 2017, “I’m Not Normally a Sign Girl.”

goodmenproject.com/featured-content/chb-im-normally-not-a-sign-girl/.

  • One Sentence Poems, 23 Sept. 2016, “Home Was Not a Norman Rockwell.”

www.onesentencepoems.com/osp/?s=laura+sweeney.

  • Wordrunner eChapbooks, Mar. 2016, “I Kept Meaning to Cure Myself of You.”

www.echapbook.com/anthology/devices/sweeney-cure.html.

  • Balloons Lit. Journal, Issue 3, Mar. 2016, “A Dandelion in a Vase Full of Roses.”

issuu.com/balloons-lit-journal/docs/blj_issue_3__draft_.

  • Broad! (a gentle person’s magazine), Summer 2014, p. 31, “Picking Mulberries.”

broadzine.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/mothers4.pdf.

  • The Daily Palette, 24 Mar. 2014, “Old Geyser.”

research-intermedia.art.uiowa.edu/dp/index.php?artwork=3361.

Peer-Reviewed Creative Nonfiction

  • Fiction Southeast, 7 Sept. 2017, “Writing in The Fallow.”

fictionsoutheast.com/writing-in-the-fallow/.

  • The Good Men Project, 7 April 2014, “Engaging Men in Gender Justice: My Women’s Studies Experience.”

goodmenproject.com/featured-content/cc-engaging-men-in-gender-justice-my-womens-studies-experience/.