Laura Mullen is the McElveen Professor in English at Lousiana State University. She is the author of seven books--her eigth collection is forthcoming in fall of 2015. Prizes for her poetry include Ironwood's Stanford Prize, and she has been awarded two Board of Regents ATLAS grants, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Rona Jaffe Award, among other honors. She has had several MacDowell Fellowships and is a frequent visitor at the Summer Writing Program at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa. Her work has been widely anthologized in collections from Norton. Omnidawn, and CoffeeHouse and her poems have been set to music by composers Jason Eckardt and Nathan Davis. She is the Director of the Creative Writing program at LSU.