Laura E. Goodin was forged in the crucible of rural New Jersey, whence she emerged at age 17 to take on life as a student at Georgetown University. There she studied many things she wasn't particularly good at, but felt she needed to know, establishing her in a lifelong pattern of finding out her own weaknesses and doing her best to shore them up. As a result, she has a broad range of skills and adequacies, from tying alpine butterfly knots and breaking boards to editing feasibility studies for coal-mining projects and making genuine southern barbecue.
The one constant, however, has been her yearning to write. Again and again, no matter how far she has strayed, she has always made her way back to a place — a job, a school, a mindset — where she could keep coming up with words and writing them down.
In 2007, she was selected to participate in the Clarion South workshop for writers of science fiction and fantasy. Hopefuls go in; writers come out. After six weeks of terrifying intensity, Laura came out knowing, not just suspecting, that writing was what she was supposed to do for the rest of her life. Since then, she has published numerous stories, had her plays and libretti performed, and written a fair bit of poetry. She's also produced a podcast, run poetry slams, and collaborated with composers living and dead to write for performance. She's currently pursuing a Ph.D. in creative writing from the University of Western Australia, in which she's examining the rise and fall of genre boundaries in popular fiction.