Laurel Kallen

Laurel Kallen currently serves as a communications leader for IBM. She is a former mayoral speechwriter. Laurel is also a poet and fiction writer who has taught creative writing at the City University of New York. She is the recipient of the Stark Short Fiction Award and the Teacher/Writer Award. Her work has appeared in venues including Atlanta Review, Big Bridge, Portland Review, Devil’s Lake, Willow Review, Jabberwock, and Lyre, Lyre. She is the author of The Forms of Discomfort, a collection of poetry by Finishing Line Press. Laurel has reviewed poetry for American Book Review, Pleiades, and Big City Lit. She writes by feeling uncomfortable at least once a day.