Laurie Alberts

Biography and News

JUST IN: My latest work, a craft-of-writing book, SHOWING & TELLING,is now available from Writers Digest Books and the usual outlets.

Laurie Alberts is the author of three novels (Lost Daughters, The Price of Land in Shelby, and Tempting Fate); a story collection (Goodnight Silky Sullivan); and two memoirs (Fault Line and Between Revolutions: an American Romance with Russia). She has received a Michener Award for the Novel, The Katherine Anne Porter Prize, the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society Prize for short story, and an American Fiction award, among others. Laurie attended the Iowa Writers Workshop and now teaches fiction and creative nonfiction in the VERMONT COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS MFA IN WRITING PROGRAM (see quick links below). She has taught writing at the University of New Mexico and Hampshire College. She lives on a small farm with her husband and daughter and their Chevaux Canadiens (French Canadian horses).

Essay, "When We Get There", Bellingham Review
Essay "Dog Fights", The Seattle Review

WORDS OVERFLOWN BY STARS, an anthology of craft essays by Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing Faculty, including my essay "Showing and Telling" which was the seed of the book by the same name, published recently by Writers Digest Books

TO HEAR LAURIE'S INTERVIEW with Shelagh Shapiro on Write the Book radio, see quick links this page

NOTE: Laurie also works one-on-one with private writing students desiring critiques, editing, or coaching. Click the "email the author" link if you are interested.

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Selected Works

Between Revolutions: an American Romance with Russia
“...vivid... precisely detailed and convincing... as involving and moving as a novel”
--Kelly Cherry
Fault Line
“A thoughtful, wrenching portrait of obsessive love.”
The Price of Land in Shelby
“...beautifully written.”
--Library Journal
“...a richly observed tale of suffering and survival.”
--Publishers Weekly
Lost Daughters
"The shocking nature of...lies and their consequences lend power to this affecting novel." -- Booklist
Goodnight Silky Sullivan
"Alberts' subtle imagination and voice make for a poignant, resonant collection." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
Tempting Fate
"A rich deep novel...Laurie Alberts writes with an easy grace that clarifies strange sights..." -- The New Yorker