Hello, my name is Laurie Easter. I’m a writer and editor from Southern Oregon, where I live on twenty-eight forested acres in a funky, little cabin “off the grid” and on the edge of wilderness, with my husband, two grown daughters (when they are not away doing their own thing), my grandbaby Tristan, Roxy the dog, Lina and Eoghain the cats, two fish, seven chickens, and a leopard gecko.
I attended Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon, where I earned a B.S. in English with a writing emphasis (yes, that’s right a B.S., not a B.A.–I’m not B.S.ing you.) While there, I tutored international students in English and writing and worked as copyeditor for SOU’s newspaper, The Siskiyou, where I also wrote a weekly op-ed column titled “Embrace the Opportunity.”
I hold an MFA in writing, with an emphasis in creative nonfiction, from Vermont College of Fine Arts. I am the Assistant Creative Nonfiction Editor at Hunger Mountain: The VCFA Jounal of the Arts, where I also previously served as Assistant Editor of “The Writing Life” section and as a devoted slush pile reader. I am an enthusiastic recipient of awards (a grant and a fellowship) for residencies at the Vermont Studio Center. My work can be found online and in print (see the “Publications” link at the top of this page for a closer look).
I write about what matters to me most–family, nature, relationships, the trials and tribulations of life. For me, honesty is not a virtue, but a bit of a curse, one that I find myself compelled towards again and again as I write about topics many people are hesitant to explore. Currently, I am completing an essay collection on loss and grief.