Laura Grothaus is a Baltimore-based writer and visual artist. Interested in the politics of magic and memory, she tackles everything from insect copulation to mermaid molting.
Her work has been featured by or is forthcoming in BUST, The Cincinnati Review, Pleiades, and Fairytale Review. It has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and garnered awards internationally, from Poetry in Pubs in Bath, England to the Nazim Hikmet Poetry Competition in Cary, North Carolina. She’s attended workshops through Tin House and Winter Tangerine, and the Sewanee Writers' Conference and Kenyon Writers Workshop have awarded her scholarships for their 2021 summer programs.
Collaborations are key to her practice. As a teacher, she’s partnered with kindergarteners, college students, and everyone in between. Her Baltimore writing workshop for adults has fostered the creation of several full-length manuscripts. She's co-directed plays, illustrated books, performed in train cars, and otherwise made a ruckus.
She’s at work on a hybrid manuscript exploring queerness and childhood and a novel about singing bones.