Laura Long, PhD

Associate Professor of English

Laura Long


Carnegie 223


  • PhD, University of Houston, Creative Writing and Literature
    (Specialization Exams: Fiction genre; magical realism; early American literature)
  • MA, University of Texas at Austin, English/ Creative Writing
  • MA, University of Texas at Austin, Anthropology/ Folklore
  • BA, Oberlin College, English/ Creative Writing


  • 2009 – present – Associate Professor, Lynchburg College
  • May 2011-May 2013, Director, MA Program in English, Lynchburg College
  • 2004-05; 2006-09 – Assistant Professor, Lynchburg College
  • 2000-2004 – Assistant Professor, Dept. of Literature and Languages, Sul Ross State University, Alpine, Texas. MA and BA Programs.
  • 2001-2004 – Director, Borderland Writers in the Schools, Far West Texas.
    Coordinated program; trained graduate students to teach creative writing in three rural secondary schools for ten to sixteen-week residencies.
  • 1995-2000 – Creative Writing Teacher, Writers in the Schools, Houston, Texas.
    M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, 1997-2000; in bilingual inner-city classrooms, and at the Menil Collection, 1995-97.
  • Additional teaching at University of Houston; University of Texas at Austin; St. Edward’s University, Austin; Austin Community College


  • Courses in: Creative Writing-fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction; nature/ environmental writing and literature; literature courses in modern and contemporary fiction and poetry; multicultural literature; Native American literature; literature & culture; composition
  • Directed 11 MA theses in creative writing and literature


  • Creative writing: fiction, poetry, and nonfiction
  • Modern and contemporary literature
  • Nature writing and environmental literature
  • Magical realism
  • Editing and publishing
  • Folklore and cultural anthropology
  • Appalachia and place-based studies
  • Creative writing pedagogy


Sometimes pen name: Laura Longsong


Select Magazine Publications

Over fifty published works including:


  • James Michener Fellowship for Fiction
  • Donald Barthelme Fellowship for Fiction
  • James River Writers Award for Best Unpublished Novel
  • Pforzheimer Fellowship, Ransom Humanities Research Center, Austin, Texas
  • Residency Fellowships in Poetry and Fiction, Virginia Center for Creative Arts (VCCA)
  • Mednick Memorial Fellowship, Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges
  • Fellow, Seminar Institute in Literary Studies, National Humanities Center, NC
  • Pushcart Prize Nominations (3) in Poetry
  • Individual Artist Fellowship for Fiction, Texas Commission on the Arts
  • Project Grant, Texas Commission on the Arts, for Borderland Writers in the Schools
  • PEN-Texas Award for the Novel in Progress
  • Artist Residencies: Hedgebrook Cottages; The U-Cross Foundation

Professional Presentations, 2007 – present

  • Guest Faculty, MFA Creative Writing Program, West Virginia Wesleyan
  • Keynote Speaker (with Yvonne Murphy), Writers in the Schools/Houston Annual Orientation
  • Associated Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Annual Conference
  • Appalachian Studies Association (ASA) Annual Conference
  • College English Association (CEA) Annual Conference
  • International Auto/Biography Conference (IABA) Biennial Conference
  • Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) Biennial Conference
  • South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA) Annual Conference
  • Creative Writing readings at numerous locations

Professional Memberships

Association for Writers and Writing Programs (AWP); Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE); WriterHouse, Charlottesville, VA; Author’s Guild