MFA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Mirrilese Fellowship in Creative Writing, Stanford University M.A. Program in English
B.A., Carleton College

Research and Related Interests :
Laurie Kutchins’ book of poems, Slope of the Child Everlasting , was published by BOA Editions in May 2007.  She has published two previous books of poems: Between Towns, recipient of the Texas Tech University Press First Book Award, and The Night Path, recipient of the inaugural Isabella Gardner Poetry Award from BOA Editions, Ltd. in 1997, and a Pulitzer Prize nomination.

She regularly teaches as a faculty member at the Jackson Hole Writers Conference and the Taos Summer Writers Conference.

Her poems and nonfiction prose have appeared widely in journals, including The New Yorker, The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, Orion, The Southern Review, LITJournal of Mythic Arts, Southerly and West Branch.  Her work has also been anthologized in A Place on Earth: an Anthology of Nature Writing from Australia and North America (University of Nebraska Press); Sweeping Beauty: Contemporary Women Poets on Housework (University of Iowa Press); Birth: a Literary Guide (Iowa);Leaning into the Wind: Women Write from the Heart of the WestWoven on the Wind: Women Write about Friendship in the Sagebrush West (Houghton Mifflin); Let There Be Night: Testimonies on Behalf of the Night (University of Nevada, Reno); and in an Australian anthology on the poet, Judith Wright. 

Kutchins directs the interdisciplinary Creative Writing Program at JMU and teaches a variety of courses on poetry writing, poetic craft and creativity, women poets, and art as medicine.  She is a co-founder of the faculty creative arts series, Works in Progress, at JMU. She is the English faculty member for the Ireland in Text and Image Program, Summer 2012.

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