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

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 students 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. 


Her writing has been published in Every Day FictionScribble, 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's had the pleasure of attending advanced fiction workshops with authors Rebecca Makkai, Peter Ho Davies, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, and Jonathan Dee. She was assistant fiction editor for the literary journal, Stone Canoe, and is a long-time member of the Downtown Writer's Center in Syracuse. Her writing partner is Maggie Nerz Iribarne, a prolific author of short fiction.

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

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