Profile

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. lauravandenberg.com

Liara Tamani

Visiting Alumna Fiction Writer, Winter 2019

Yuri Herrera

Visiting VCFA Reads Author, Winter 2018

Garrett Hongo

Visiting Poet, Summer 2019

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Visiting Writer, Winter 2020

Kiese Laymon

Visiting Creative Nonfiction Writer, Summer 2020

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Visiting Poet, Winter 2021