Laura van den Berg was raised in Florida and earned her MFA at Emerson College. Her fiction has appeared in One Story, Boston Review, American Short Fiction, Conjunctions, Best American Nonrequired Reading 2008, Best New American Voices 2010, and The Pushcart Prize XXIV, among others. She is also the recipient of scholarships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences, the 2009 Julia Peterkin Award, and the 2009-2010 Emerging Writer Lectureship at Gettysburg College. Laura’s first collection of stories, What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us, published by Dzanc Books in October, was a 2009 Holiday selection for the Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” Program, a finalist for ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year award, and long-listed for The Story Prize. She currently lives in Baltimore, where she is the 2010-2011 Tickner Fellow at the Gilman School.
Check out an awesome video of her reading at the October 2009 Sunday Salon: