Dr. Laura Apol is an associate professor at Michigan State University, where she teaches poetry, writing, and literature in face-to-face, international, and online environments.  In addition to numerous professional publications, she is the author of three collections of her own poems: Falling into Grace, Crossing the Ladder of Sun (winner of the Oklahoma Book Award), and Requiem, Rwanda, her newest collection, drawn from her work using writing to facilitate healing among survivors of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi, translated into Kinyarwanda under the title Emwe N’imvura Irabyibuka (Even the Rain Remembers). She is a recent winner of the ArtPrize, the Golden Quill, and the Pat Schneider awards for poetry, and the Leaf Press international competition for her chapbook, Celestial Bodies.