Laura Apol teaches creative writing and children’s/YA literature at Michigan State University. Her scholarship focuses on historical children’s literature, literary theory and literary analysis, and on the teaching of poetry. For more than twenty years, she has led workshops for writers of all skill levels in local, national and international contexts.

Her poems have appeared in a number of literary journals and anthologies, and she is the author of several award-winning poetry collections: Falling into Grace; Crossing the Ladder of Sun; Requiem, Rwanda (drawn from her work using writing to facilitate healing among survivors of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi, and translated into Kinyarwanda under the title Emwe N’imvura IrabyibukaEven the Rain Remembers; Celestial Bodies; With a Gift for Burning; and, most recently, Nothing but the Blood.

She is currently completing a book about the Rwanda writing project entitled Whose Poem is it, Anyway? The Challenge and Responsibility of Researcher as Writer and Witness (Springer, forthcoming).