Laura Mullen

“Enduring Freedom [is] a galloping great read, a page-turner, and dazzles with linguistic mischief and wit... I am thrilled by it.” Hazel White
Murmur collects an astonishing array of stories into language as a terra incognita occasioning the uncanny and always troubled confluence of the subject, the bodies it inhabits and the linguistic remainder. Mullen animates narrative at the level of its basic semantic pulse. Never since Beckett has the unnamed been so chilling...”

--Steve McCaffery
"Solid and brave and relentlessly inventive."
--Cal Bedient
"A brilliant, utterly original, fully realized work that wickedly out-tropes horror's cliches and devices.... wonderfully immediate, making an exaggerated, rollicking introduction to many of the pre-occupations, rhetorics and methods of experimental poetry."
--Publishers Weekly, August 1999
"There's a rigor and intensity in Mullen's search for truth that often take her to breathtaking lengths." --C.K. Williams // "Accuracy of spirit and ferocity of intelligence prevail...This is thrilling and exacting work." --Jorie Graham
"Laura Mullen proceeds from near void into a powerful reconstruction of self…After I Was Dead is wildly versatile formally, restlessly roving from verse to prose to epistle and back."—Boston Review


Laura Mullen makes work which is alive to the shared space of meaning-making and attentive to the unsaid. “Mullen’s shapes shift, disappear like the living but remain like lives...turn into new solids, solidarities of moving, hard-edged lyric social work...against loneliness…” (Fred Moten) “Mullen sets up a site of fluid exchange between text and reader, an inter-subjective process that inflects affective communication with a subversive sense of contingency...” (Amy Moorman Robbins) Laura’s recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Fence, Abridged, Volt,/i> and New American Writing,, and has been anthologized in collections from Norton, Wesleyan, and Omnidawn. Her first book, The Surface, was a National Poetry Series selection, and her subsequent poetry collections and hybrid-genre works have been published by the University of California Press, futurepoem, and Otis /​ Seismicity among other presses: her eighth collection is forthcoming from Solid Objects in 2015. A CD of Jason Eckardt’s setting of her poem “The Distance (This)” is available from mode records. A MacDowell and Karolyi Foundation Fellow, a featured poet at the International Poetry Festival in Taipei, a Rona Jaffe Award recipient and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, Laura has been invited to read her work in Washington, New York, Paris, and elsewhere. Laura holds degrees from the University of Iowa and U.C. Berkeley, she has been a visiting poet at Naropa, Brown, and Columbia College, and she currently directs the Creative Writing program at Louisiana State University. You can follow her on Twitter at "afteriwasdead." Her collaboration with composer Nathan Davis, a Sound uttered, a Silence crossed, had its world premiere in La Jolla in 2014.


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