Laura’s long-form first-person narrative, entitled For Single Mothers Working as Train Conductors, is the winner of the 2017 Iowa Prize in Literary Nonfiction. The book is forthcoming from the University of Iowa Press in the spring of 2018.
Her essay “Losing the Nobel” was one of six winners of the prestigious Notting Hill Editions Essay Prize this year. The elegant little volume that contains all of the winning essays was launched at an award ceremony in London in June. Congratulations to First Prize Winner William Max Nelson and the other winners.
Laura’s writing has appeared in Bellingham Review, Gettysburg Review, The Rumpus.net, The Sun, Zyzzyva and elsewhere, and has been repeatedly listed as notable in Best American Essays. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from the New School, and won the New School chapbook competition in nonfiction the year she graduated.
Laura works as a translator of Russian, French, and Spanish to English. For many years, she served as the interpreter for Russian-speaking authors at the PEN World Voices Festival and as a PEN prison writing mentor.
Read here about her experiences learning Russian and working as a translator and interpreter: Laura Esther Wolfson.
The award ceremony for the Notting Hill Essay Prize took place in London on 28 June. It included a discussion moderated by two of the judges and with five of the winners participating, which can be viewed here.
Please see here for a breakdown of the video.
Clare Smith Marash (fiction), Katie Longoforno and Sarah Sala (poetry), and Laura (first-person narrative) will read from their work on Friday, 28 July at 8 pm at Bar Thalia, Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, entrance on 95th Street, just west of Broadway. All are welcome. Admission is free.
“After the Autobiography,” published in Superstition Review, has received a notable listing in Best American Essays 2016, bringing to five the number of notable listings Laura’s work has received in recent editions of Best American Essays.
A big thank-you to Superstition Review for soliciting this piece; without SR‘s invitation to write a guest blog, “After the Autobiography” would never have been written.
Hear Alexievich address the PEN World Voices Festival here, with Laura interpreting her remarks from Russian into English.
AmpLit Fest, a daylong festival bringing authors of all backgrounds, styles, and levels of recognition to center stage, took place in New York City on 10 June, co-produced by Lamprophonic and Summer on the Hudson.
Laura is one of four producers who planned and organized this event.
To find out more, visit
What: An event sponsored by Zyzzyva Magazine featuring writers Will Boast, Edie Meidav and Laura.
Where: NYU’s Lilian Vernon Creative Writers House on 58 West 10th Street in New York City.
When: Friday, 30th of January at 5 pm. Missed it? Click here for the recording.