Laura Walker is the author of five books of poetry: story (Apogee Press, 2016), Follow-Haswed (Apogee Press, 2012), bird book (Shearsman Books, 2011), rimertown/an atlas (UC Press, 2008), and swarm lure (Battery Press, 2004). She is also the author of a chapbook, bird book, from Albion Books (2010). Her poetry has appeared in various journals, including New American Writing, VOLT, Ambush, Thermos, and Fact-Simile, among others. Laura received her MFA from San Francisco State University, where she also taught poetry, fiction, and playwriting. She currently teaches poetry at University of San Francisco’s MFA in Writing program and at UC Berkeley Extension, and she occasionally teaches private classes. Laura grew up in rural North Carolina and now lives in Berkeley, California.