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. 

TEACHING

Instructor of Record

Anthropology 100: Introduction to Anthropology (Des Moines Area Community College)

English 290: Intermediate Analytical Writing (Southern Illinois University)

English 125: Literary Narratives (Illinois State University)

English 101: Composition I (Illinois State; SIU; McNeese State University)

Women’s Studies 160: Gender Justice (Iowa State University)

Co-Instructor of Record

Honors 321A: 20th Century Social Movements in Graphic Novels (Iowa State University)

Honors 321A: Global Social Issues in Graphic Novels (Iowa State University)

Honors 322B: US Health Issues in Graphic Novels (Iowa State University)

Graduate Teaching Assistant

English 352: Forms of Poetry (Southern Illinois University)

English 119: Introduction to Creative Writing (Southern Illinois University)

Research and Evaluation 580: Introduction to Qualitative Research Methodology (Iowa State University)

Women’s Studies 301: International Perspectives on Women and Gender (Iowa State University)