Laura Shovan Laura Shovan has over 20 years of experience as an educator, editor, and poet-in-the-schools. Her chapbook, Mountain, Log, Salt and Stone, won the inaugural Harriss Poetry Prize and her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies. Laura edited Life in Me Like Grass on Fire: Love Poems for the Maryland Writers Association and co-edited Voices Fly: An Anthology of Exercises and Poems from the Maryland State Arts Council Artists-in-Residence Program, for which she is a longtime teacher. The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary, Laura’s novel-in-verse for children, won the Cybils Award for poetry, was an NCTE Notable Verse Novel, a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, and was included on the ILA-CBC Children’s Choice Reading List, among other honors. Laura other novels for children include Takedown, selected by Junior Library Guild and PJ Our Way, and the ALA’s Amelia Bloomer Project List, and A Place at the Table, co-written with author/activist Saadia Faruqi, (Clarion, 2020).
Awards and Recognition
- Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo) Writer in Residence, 2015-2016
- The Gettysburg Review Conference for Writers Scholarship Winner, 2013
- Rita Dove Poetry Award Finalist, 2012
- Harriss Poetry Prize -- Mountain, Log, Salt, and Stone, 2010