Laura Shovan is a Pushcart Prize-nominated poet and the author of the middle grade novels The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary, Takedown, and A Place at the Table, co-authored with Saadia Faruqi.

Laura’s books have been Junior Library Guild and PJ Our Way Selections, NCTE and Sydney Taylor Notables, a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, and included in the ALA’s Amelia Bloomer Project (now known as Rise: A Feminist Book Project). A former literary magazine editor, Laura’s poetry for children and adults has been widely published in anthologies and journals. She is a longtime poet-in-the-schools for the Maryland State Arts Council.


MAT – English | Montclair State University

BFA – Dramatic Writing | NYU, Tisch (Founder’s Scholar, Honors Graduate)

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