Laura Marello, MA

Professor of English
Prism Faculty Advisor


Carnegie 211


  • July 2012-present – Professor, Lynchburg College
  • 2003-12 – Associate Professor, Lynchburg College
  • 1993-99 – Assistant Professor, University at Albany
  • 1990-93 – Lecturer, University of California Santa Cruz
  • 1989-90 – Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Oregon
  • 1984-87 – Jones Lecturer, Stanford University


  • Stegner Fellowship, Stanford University, 1983-1984
  • MA, University of Colorado Boulder, 1980
  • BA, University of California Santa Cruz, 1977
  • Sorbonne, University of Paris IV, 1976

Teaching Areas

In English: Advanced Fiction Writing, Fiction Writing, Creative Nonfiction Writing, Introduction to Creative Writing, Composition

In Westover Honors: Revising Literary Texts, Writers in Exile

Courses I’ve taught at other colleges and universities (in addition to those listed above)

Graduate Fiction Workshop, Graduate Nonfiction Workshop, Introduction to Literary Studies, Modern/Postmodern novel, 20thC American Novel, Narrative Strategies, Women Writers in Paris 1880-1940, Condé/Hurston

Book Publications

  • Maniac Drifter, Guernica Editions, Toronto, forthcoming 2016
  • The Gender of Inanimate Objects and Other Stories, Tailwinds Press, New York, forthcoming 2015
  • Tenants of the Hotel Biron, novelGuernica Editions, Spring 2012
  • Claiming Kin, novel, 2010 Guernica Editions, one of five finalists for the Paterson Award, nominated for the PEN/Bingham award

Recent Publications

  • “Anais Nin and Her Contemporaries,” creative nonfiction article, A Café in Space- The Anais Nin Journal, Vol 7, February 2010 Book Reviews,  2009-2011 Claiming Kin, novel excerpt, glassesglasses magazine, Fall 2009 “In One Enormous Bed Like Children,” story, Pank magazine, Vol 4, Michigan Technical University, June 2009 “Water,” story, glassesglasses magazine, May 2009 Twenty book descriptions, Flashlight Worthy, April 2009  “The Weekend,” story, Charlotte Viewpoint, November 2008 “Forgiveness,” story, Driftwood Magazine, November 2008
  • Winner, honorable mention, Abroad Conference short story contest May 2007 Claiming Kin, novel-excerpts anthologized in The Voices We Carry, reprinted 2007, Guernica Editions

Other Publications

  • Fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and critical articles in:
  • The Mississippi Review, The Chicago Review, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Chelsea, The Quarterly, New Directions, and other magazines.

Artist Residencies

  • MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Millary Colony, Montalvo Center for the Arts, The Outer Cape Residency Consotium, Dejerassi Foundation

Teaching Award

  • Lynchburg College PHT Award, 2011
  • For sensitivity to students with disabilities, University at Albany, 1998

Honors and Awards

  • Phi Beta Kappa, 2006
  • Stegner Fellow, Stanford University, 1983-84
  • National Endowment for the Arts Grant, 1982-83
  • Fine Arts Work Center Provincetown Fellow, 1981-82
  • University of California Regents Scholar, 1974-77
  • Volgelstein Foundation Grant
  • Deming Foundation Grant

Professional Affiliations

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Associated Writing Programs
  • Modern Language Association
  • University of California, Santa Cruz Alumni Association

Personal Information

Interests include visual arts, performing arts, music, ancient cultures