Laura Marello

Author of The Tenants of the Hotel Biron, Claiming Kin and Maniac Drifter

About Laura Marello

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Laura Marello’s fourth novel, Gauguin’s Moon is forthcoming with Guernica Editions, Toronto,  Fall 2019.  Guernica Editions published her third novel novel Maniac Drifter  published her collection of stories The Gender of Inanimate Objects and Other Stories in 2015 with Tailwinds Press, (shortlisted for the Saroyan Prize, Stanford).  Guernica Editions published her  second novel Tenants of the Hotel Biron in April 2012 and her  first  novel Claiming Kin in 2010.  All are available on amazon and other online booksellers.   Galerie Ivana de Gavardie, Paris 6e, France gave a reading of Tenants in June 2012; video of the reading is on YouTube and vimeoClaiming Kin was one of five finalists for the 2010 Paterson Award in Fiction.

Her third novel, Maniac Drifter, is forthcoming from Guernica Editions in 2016. Her chapbook of poems, Balzac’s Robe and Other Poems, is available to pre-order on the  Finishing Line Press website. We need 55 pre-orders to offer the book on amazon, so if you are considering buying, please pre-order here. Balzac’s Robe is the second finalist in the New Women’s Voices Series at Finishing Line Press.

Marello has also published fiction in the The Quarterly, The New Directions Anthology, Mississippi Review, The Chicago Review, Chelsea, Pank and other literary magazines, as well as critical work in New York State Writers Institute-Writers Online, and The Review of Contemporary Fiction. A third critical article is forthcoming in the anniversary edition of The Anais Nin Journal in February 2013. She has served as the book reviewer for  – Roanoke.  Her first novella won the Quarterly West Novella contest, and one of her stories was published in the 1985 PEN Short Story Collection published by Ballantine and edited by Anne Tyler.

Marello is the author of seven novels, two collections of stories, a collection of poems, two memoirs and a screenplay.  She has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a Wallace E. Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University, and a Fine Arts Work Center Provincetown Fellowship, as well as Vogelstein and Deming grants, and writer’s residencies at MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Millay Colony and Montalvo Center for the Arts.

Marello studied poetry with Raymond Carver and Black Mountain Poet Edward Dorn, at the University of California Santa Cruz and the University of Colorado Boulder, respectively. She studied fiction with Gil Sorrentino as a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.

images-39Marello has taught part time and as a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, as a graduate teaching fellow at the University of Colorado, and as a part time lecturer the University of California Santa Cruz; and in the PhD and MFA programs, as a one-year visiting professor at the University of Oregon Eugene, and as an assistant professor at the University at Albany SUNY.  She is currently a Professor of English at University of Lynchburg.