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Laura Durnell

Laura Durnell, American writer, educator. Recipient First Prize, Issues Relevant to Women, Chicago Women in Public, 1995; fellow, Ragdale Foundation and Union League Club of Chicago, 2000; grantee Community Arts Assistance Program grant, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, 2002;, 2003, 2004, Special Assistance grant, Illinois Arts Council, 2004, Ludwig Vogenstein Foundation grant, 2005.


  • Durnell, Laura was born on August 3, 1971 in Melrose Park, Illinois, United States.

  • Education

    • Bachelor in Journalism cum laude, Eastern Illinois University, 1993. Master of Fine Arts in writing, School of Art Institute Chicago, 1998.


    • Adjunct English instructor Roosevelt University, Chicago, 1999—2002. Part-time English lecturer DePaul University, since 2000. Editorial intern Time magazine, New York City, 1992—1992.

      Features correspondent The Times of Northwest Indiana, Munster, Indiana, since 2003.


    • Author: (short stories) Judgment (Mary Roberts Rinehart award, 2004), Needs - Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Regina Leigh - Room of One's Own (Notorious Fellow for Literature Fiction, 2004, Third Prize, Playboy College Fiction Contest, 1998, Samuel Ostrowsky Humanities award, Roosevelt University, 2001). Contributor Facts on File Guide to the American Novel.


    Party affiliation: Independent


    Denomination: Roman Catholic


    Member of Teachers & Writers Collaborative, Association Writers and Writing Programs, Authors Guild.



    Swimming, music.


    • Daughter of Gladys Joyce (Carlson) and William Joseph Durnell. Married William Thomas Hincks, April 8, 2000.
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    Born August 3, 1971
    (age 46)
    • 1993
      Eastern Illinois University
    • 1998
      School of Art Institute Chicago
    • 1999 - 2002
      Adjunct English instructor, Roosevelt University
      Chicago, Illinois, United States