Laura van den Berg is the author of five works of fiction, including The Third Hotel, a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, and I Hold a Wolf by the Ears, which was one of Time Magazine’s 10 Best Fiction Books of 2020. She is the recipient of a Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Bard Fiction Prize, a PEN/O. Henry Award, fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Civitella Ranieri, and is a two-time finalist for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. In 2021, Laura was awarded both the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters and a Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction.

Born and raised in Florida, she currently splits her time between New York and central Florida with her husband and dog.

Paige Ackerson-Kiely

Visiting Alumnx Poet, Summer 2021

Clifford Thompson

Visiting Creative Nonfiction Writer, Summer 2018

Liara Tamani

Visiting Alumnx Fiction Writer, Winter 2019

Emily Bernard

Visiting Writer, Winter 2020

Lauren Markham

Visiting Alumnx CNF Writer, Winter 2018

Yuri Herrera

Visiting VCFA Reads Author, Winter 2018