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Laura Carnes Williams has work published in Scribble, Mud Season ReviewLiterary Mama, The Real Story, and elsewhere. She won first place in Letter Review's 2022 Short Story Contest and placed third in SNHU's 2020 Fall Fiction contest, published in The Penmen Review.

She has been an assistant fiction editor for the literary journal Stone Canoe and is a long-time member of the Downtown Writer's Center in Syracuse. She has participated in several advanced-level workshops with authors such as Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Jonathan Dee, and Sarah Yaw. This winter she is thrilled to work with Peter Ho Davies at The Key West Literary Seminar and Workshop. 


Laura Carnes Williams is a graduate of SUNY Geneseo with a BA in English and philosophy. She is also a graduate of SUNY Binghamton with a BS in nursing. 

Being a nurse has deeply affected her writing life. She has witnessed people come into the world and leave it. She's reached inside a chest to hold a beating heart. As a middle school nurse, she helped kids deal with the general trauma of adolescence and learn to manage chronic conditions independently. She's currently an administrator in the School of Health at a community college. Her measure of success has a lot to do with seeing others succeed. 


She lives with her husband and two boys in Central New York between her two favorite places, The Finger Lakes and The Adirondacks.

To read her work, please see


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