Kristin Laurel owes her passion for poetry to the Loft Literary Center (MPLS) where she completed the Master Track program (a two-year apprenticeship in poetry). Employed as a nurse, a great deal of her writing examines trauma and the complexities of human experience. Her poetry and essays have been published in CALYX, Chautauqua, Gravel, Glassworks, Hospital Drive, Kindred, r.k.v.r.y, Grey Sparrow, The Mom Egg, The Talking Stick, Raleigh Review, The Portland Review, NPR and numerous others. She is the author of Giving Them All Away, which won the 2011 Sinclair Poetry Prize from Evening Street Press, and Questions About the Ride (Main Street Rag Publishing, 2019). She and her spouse divide their time between the 10,000 lakes of MN and the Appalachian Mountains of Western NC.