"Silence Has a Sound:
The Unempty Quiet in Sound of Metal"
April 8, 2021
"The Martian Chronicles:
A Tale of Two Apocalypses"
March 22, 2021
"The Black Rose in the Garden:
A Second Look at The Babadook"
Bright Lights Film Journal
January 11, 2021
"Revenge and (Bloody) Feminism:
Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman with a Mossberg 590"
Bright Wall/Dark Room (The Justice Issue)
"An Analysis of Audreys:
Costume Designing the Four Audrey Hepburns in Big Little Lies"
The Bookends Review
February 21, 2018
(Selected for "Best of 2018" print anthology)
Urban Legends: From Playground Lore to Cultural Norms
Fahmidan Journal, Issue #5
"Last Stop with Louis Armstrong"
Jerry Jazz Musician
(Winner: 45th Short Fiction Contest)
"The Paint Shower"
The Banana King #3
"Nelly Weems, Come Home"
(Winner: Columbia Scholastic Press Association
2007 Crown Awards: Traditional Fiction-Short Story)
Chicagoans come together for a mix of hilarious and heart-breaking stories at this intimate evening in the back room of Murphy & Son's Irish Bistro. Laura regales the audience with "The Arrest," a story about how the worst night of her life turned out to be her best.
Duly Noted Chicago
The "Exes!" Show
Nov. 27, 2018
Storytellers and musicians come together to celebrate the creativity and diverse voices of the Chicago community at local micro-brewery the On Tour Brewing Company. In "Water Polo," Laura recalls her ex-boyfriend: a water polo player with a swift kick.
"Leona Woods Marshall"
"Badass Women of Chicago History"
March 22, 2019
The historic Hideout presents Chicago heroines on the peripheries of history. "Leona Woods Marshall" pays homage to the overlooked physicist who was the only woman present at the creation of the world’s first nuclear chain reaction. (A portion of ticket sales go to the Chicago Women's Health Center.)
"Another Evil Bathtub"
Back to Print
"10th Annual Jubilee" Reading & Zine Release
February 2, 2020
Celebrating 10 years of independent publishing in Chicago back in the back room of Logan Square's favorite local color hangout spot, Cole's Pub. In "Another Evil Bathtub," Laura analyzes bathroom tropes and how the horror genre stokes fear of the everyday and mundane.
Back to Print
"11th Annual Jubilee" Reading & Zine Release
February 7, 2021
Back to Print goes digital! In the year of the COVID pandemic, writers and poets come together over Zoom to celebrate (with some irony) Back to Print's year of analogue publications. Laura revisits an essay about her least favorite word: myriad. "The only reason you use the word myriad is to show everyone you know the word myriad."