About

Laura Jackson Roberts grew up in Wheeling, West Virginia. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies from Eckerd College and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Chatham University.

Laura writes both fictional humor and humorous essays. Her subjects are often nature and animals. She takes particular interest in the voices of the creatures around us and feels very strongly about the ecological future of her home state of West Virginia.

Laura blogs professionally for local organizations and businesses. She is a blog editor for Literary Mama, the Northern Panhandle Representative for West Virginia Writers, Inc., and a member of the Ohio Valley Writers Group.

Her work has appeared in Weelunk, Vandaleer, Brain, Child Magazine, Animal: A Beast of a Literary MagazineDefenestration, and The Higgs Weldon. She writes a regular nature column, Valley Views & Varmints, for Weelunk.

When she’s not working on her first book-length manuscript, Laura is outside in nature with her family. She enjoys hiking, fishing, skiing, and heavy procrastination. She continues to live in Wheeling with her husband, Shawn, and their two very wild boys.

Awards:

  • Most Innovative Thesis, Chatham University MFA Program, 2016
  • Honorable Mention, West Virginia Writers competition, Humor Category, 2016
  • Third Place, West Virginia Writers competition, Humor Category, 2016
  • First Place, West Virginia Writers competition, Humor Category, 2016
  • Second Place, West Virginia Writers competition, Pearl S. Buck Award for Writing for Social Change Category, 2017
  • Honorable Mention, West Virginia Writers competition, Nonfiction Category, 2017
  • First Place, West Virginia Writers competition, Nonfiction Category, 2017

 

Find her on Twitter! @LauraJ_Roberts