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Laura Eve Engel

b. 1985

Current City, State, Country

Richmond, Virginia, USA


Laura Eve Engel is the author of Things That Go (Octopus Books, 2019). Framed by a retelling of the Biblical story of Lot’s wife, who looked back on the destruction of her city and was transformed into a monument of its destruction, Things That Go enacts a long, unblinking look at symbols of American progress—trains, buildings, the vast American west—to strain against the notion of looking as passive. Hailed by Publishers Weekly as a “nimble, philosophical debut,” this debut collection wrestles with the ethics of love and loss, and bears witness to our collective experience of limitless looking, reminding us that “the future is coming / and we’re all in it.”

Laura Eve has been a recipient of fellowships from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and the Yiddish Book Center, and her work can be found in The Awl, Best American Poetry, Boston Review, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, The Nation, PEN America, Prophetic Voices: Renewing and Reimagining Haftarah, Tin House and elsewhere. Before transitioning into the advertising industry, she worked primarily as an educator and non-profit arts program director, and was the Residential Program Director of the Young Writers Workshop at the University of Virginia from 2011-2017. She is from Charlottesville, Virginia.

Published Works

Things That Go (Octopus Books, 2019)
White Sands (chapbook; TXTBooks, 2018)
[Spoiler Alert]; co-written with Adam Peterson (chapbook; Dzanc Books, 2011)

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Current Title

Senior Copywriter at Paradowski Creative/ Instructor at Brooklyn Poets


University of Virginia, B.A. in Creative Writing
University of Houston, M.F.A. in Creative Writing

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