Laura Marello

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


Gauguin’s Moon, forthcoming Fall 2019 Guernica Editions
cover: tba!!!
Maniac Drifter, Guernica Editions, released June 2016
The Gender of Inanimate Objects, shortlisted for Saroyan Prize, May 2016.
Balzac’s Robe and Other Poems is available for order here.
Publisher: Finishing Line Press, second finalist, New Women’s Voices Series
cover image by: Brooke Marcy

 Praise for Balzac’s Robe:

Beautifully carved, Laura Marello’s poems imply that we are not just what we eat, but who we have loved and been nourished by. These love poems, some of them pure metaphor, as with “Hawk,” are like Balzac’s robe, not too discreetly disguising appetite, yet sad and open about chances of survival.

— Paul Nelson, author of AWP Award winner, Days Off

 Everybody wants poetry to be free, but if the poems are any good you realize they have cost the writer something.  While the poems in Balzac’s Robe made me laugh aloud a good dozen times, I realized shortly thereafter that it was an uneasy laughter. At the heart of these poems is a serious loneliness and separation from others — often, a missed connection. This layering of wit, hurt and a hunger for the strangeness of words and the way we say them magically in our ordinary lives, makes me think of Lydia Davis. But Laura Marello is her own writer, and you need these unique poems more than you may know. The best poetry is not free. Buy this book.

–John Poch, author of Fix Quiet


Dispatches, practical advice, blunt observations, and home truths – all gathered to create a poetry that feels both down to earth and imbued with irony. Laura Marello’s Balzac’s Robe may be easy on the eyes but there’s no mistaking its depth and the flow of sharp perceptions at its heart.

— Michael Mirolla, Bressani Prize winner, The House on 14th Avenue


Laura Marello has decided to describe simply the world she walks in. The sketches are summarizations of colors, people, food, cities, birds. More than snapshots, she is analyzing the transparency that will become the image. Uncluttered and never convoluted, her depictions of what she sees reveal complex stories. To record so faithfully a confession is what portrayal is all about. To shoot the details and the explanation of the chronicle is poetry.  With candor and clarity, the poet conceals the mastery of her craft. What a treat these clean lines procure the reader.

— Antonio D’Alfonso, author of Fabrizio’s Passion



The Gender of Inanimate Objects and Other Stories, Tailwinds Press, NYC, was released August 15, 2015 and is  available from online booksellers. An author interview can be found on the Tailwinds Press website review page. Shortlisted for the Saroyan Prize.

December 2013

An excerpt from Laura Marello’s novel-in-progress The Lighthouse Murders, was one of ten finalists for the Narrative Magazine Fall 2013 Fiction Prize