Laura Theobald is an English PhD candidate completing a creative dissertation at UGA and the author of three full-length poetry collections—Salad Days (Maudlin House, 2021), Kokomo (Disorder Press, 2019), and What My Hair Says About You (Metatron, 2017)—plus three chapbooks: Edna Poems (Lame House Press, 2016), The Best Thing Ever (Boost House, 2015), and eraser poems (H_ngm_n Books, 2014). She received an MFA from LSU, where she served as Managing Editor of the New Delta Review. Her poetry has appeared in jubilat, HTML Giant, The Volta, Hobart, The Atlas Review, Everyday Genius, Big Lucks, and Black Warrior Review, among others, and in several anthologies, including Women of Resistance (O/R Books, 2018). She is currently working on two additional poetry collections and a book of autofiction.
Theobald began her work in publishing as a Staff Assistant for the Tampa Review at the University of Tampa, as the Head Copyeditor for The Minaret, a student-run weekly periodical, and as Assistant Editor of the now-defunct student-led Quilt literary journal. She has since worked as a freelance publishing consultant—designing book layouts, websites, and covers—for independent artists and authors and has served on the masthead of a number of indie publishers, including Coconut Books, Lame House Press, OOMPH!, BOAAT, Pelican Books, Accidental Player, and Apocalypse Party, among others, and Spooky Girlfriend Press, where she served as Assistant Editor. She has worked on over forty titles in print, including the scrapbook-style art-book Go Ahead and Like It published by Penguin Random House in 2016.
BA in Literature, University of Tampa
BA in Creative Writing, University of Tampa
MFA in Creative Writing, Louisiana State University
History of the Memoir and Autofiction