Laura J. Apol
Associate Professor, Michigan State University
Laura Apol’s areas of specialization are children’s and young adult literature, literary theory, gender studies, and creative writing. Her research on historical children’s literature has appeared in Children’s Literature, The Children’s Literature Association Quarterly and The Lion and the Unicorn; her work on the pedagogy of children’s literature and the intersection between children’s literature and literary theory is published in journals such as The Journal of Children’s Literature, The Journal of Literacy Research, Journal of Language and Literacy Education, English Journal, and The ALAN Review. Her articles on the history of poetry for children and research on the teaching of poetry to prospective teachers have appeared in English Education and as book chapters (including The Handbook of Research on Children’s and Young Adult Literature); and her articles on facilitating creative writing in classrooms have appeared in English Journal, English Quarterly, and Language Arts.
Dr. Apol’s poetry appears in numerous poetry anthologies and literary journals, and she is recognized through a number of poetry prizes. She is the co-author of a collection of William Stafford’s poetry for young readers (Learning to Live in the World: Earth Poems by William Stafford, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1995; Winner, Hungry Mind Books of Distinction Award).
Her own poetry has been published in four full-length collections: Falling into Grace (Dordt College Press, 1998); Crossing the Ladder of Sun (Michigan State University Press, 2004; Winner, Oklahoma Book Award); Requiem, Rwanda (Michigan State University Press, 2015; finalist, Lascaux Poetry Prize), drawn from her work in Rwanda using writing to facilitate healing among survivors of the 1994 genocide; and Nothing but the Blood (Michigan State University Press, 2018). Her poems about Rwanda are translated into Kinyarwanda in her collection, Emwe N’imvura Irabyibuka (Even the Rain Remembers; Mudacumura Press, 2015). She is currently completing a novel-in-poems for adolescents entitled, Tutsi, based on the story of one genocide survivor; and a new collection of poems with the working title, Lullaby.