Congratulations, Laura! Her poem, “Everything Beautifully Sideways” was chosen as the winner of the 2019 International Literary Awards Rita Dove Poetry Award!



Laura L. Minor is the winner of the 2019 ILA Rita Dove Poetry Award for, “Everything Beautifully Sideways.” She is also the recipient for a 2018 Pushcart Prize, as well as FSU’s poetry nominations for AWP’s Intro Journals Project 2018 and Best New Poets 2018. As a Ph.D. candidate, she was named in the 2018 article,”10 Acclaimed FSU English Professors that Will Inspire You” by collegemagazine.com. She is the recipient of the 2016 Emerging Writers Spotlight Award at FSU, chosen by poet, D.A. Powell. Her poetry is forthcoming or has most recently appeared in Powderkeg, Arc Poetry Magazine, The American Poetry Journal, O: JA&L, Berfrois, and Queen Mob’s Tea House. She was a Teacher’s College Fellow at Columbia University and the recipient of a Sarah Lawrence Poetry Award where she received her M.F.A. Also a singer-songwriter, she is currently working on a third record while she finishes her debut book of poems at Florida State University.