The 2017 Iowa Prize for Literary Nonfiction was awarded to Laura’s debut essay collection, For Single Mothers Working as Train Conductors. The book is forthcoming from the University of Iowa Press on 1 June 2018.

The six winners of the 2017 Notting Hill Editions Essay Prize were announced at a ceremony in June, in London, which doubled as the launch for the elegant little volume that contains all of the winning essays, including Laura’s “Losing the Nobel.” Congratulations to First Prize Winner William Max Nelson and the other winners. The book can be purchased at New York Review Books or Penguin Random House.

The award ceremony for the Notting Hill Essay Prize, which took place in London on 28 June, included a discussion moderated by two of the judges, with five of the winners participating. It can be viewed here.

Please see here for a breakdown of the video.



Event date: Thursday, February 15, 2018 – 7:00pm

Come to Book Culture on 112th Street on Thursday, February 15th at 7pm to celebrate Crossing Borders: Stories and Essays about Translation, with editor Lynne Sharon Schwartz. Lynne will be joined by a panel of contributors to the book, including Susan Daitch, Michelle Herman, Michael Scammell, Laura Esther Wolfson, and more to be announced.

Event address:

536 W 112th St

New York, NY 10025

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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.


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.