Laura Carnes Williams is a graduate of SUNY Geneseo with a BA in English and philosophy. If asked if she'd recommend a degree in the liberal arts, she'd say: absolutely. You have your whole life to be practical. Read. Think. Discuss. Ask the big questions and determine your values.

She is also a graduate of SUNY Binghamton with a BS in nursing. This is another path she'd wholeheartedly recommend. Have a skill, one you can always fall back on to support yourself. Get out of your comfort zone and make a real difference in the lives of others. Nursing is a vast field with many avenues, each offering the potential for unique and meaningful experiences.

As a nurse, Laura 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 a professional tutor, helping marginalized high school students pursue higher education. Her measure of success has a lot to do with seeing others succeed.

Laura Carnes Williams has been a writer her entire life, but she didn't get "serious" until after having children. Overwhelmed by the demands of early motherhood, she lost herself. Writing helped her find her way back.

Whenever she gets frustrated about not starting her writing career sooner, she reminds herself of all she has to write about.

You can find her work in Scribble, Mud Season ReviewLiterary Mama, The Real Story, and elsewhere. She placed third in SNHU's 2020 Fall Fiction contest with her short story, "The Jump Off", an adapted chapter from her novel, American Dream Project (currently in the querying stage).

Laura Carnes Williams is an assistant fiction editor for the literary journal Stone Canoe. She lives with her husband and two boys in Central New York between her two favorite places, The Finger Lakes and The Adirondacks.

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