Laurel Mills








Laurel Mills grew up in Maine and now lives in Wisconsin with her partner of thirty-one years. They enjoy biking, kayaking, camping, and of course reading. Laurel is working on a new novel about an alcoholic who struggles to salvage her life from the chaos caused by her drinking.

Laurel is the author of five award-winning collections of poems, including Rumor of Hope, which won the Encircle Publications chapbook contest. She is also the author of three novels: Taking Flight, Racing toward Providence, and Undercurrents, all from Intaglio Publications. Her work has been published in many magazines, such as Ms., Yankee, Kalliope, and Calyx, and in several anthologies, including Boomer Girls: Poems by Women from the Baby Boom Generation. She holds a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in Humanities, and often teaches writing workshops. She is Senior Lecturer Emerita at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, where she taught English and edited the literary magazine Fox Cry Review.




Laurel regularly teaches dynamic and nurturing creative writing workshops for both beginning and experienced writers of fiction or poetry. She has taught at The Clearing: A School of the Arts and Humanities; the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh; The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley; The School of the Arts at Rhinelander; Fox Valley Technical College, and many other places. She always earns high praise from her students.

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