Aetna Writer-in-Residence Laura van den Berg

The University of Connecticut’s Creative Writing Program is pleased to announce that author Laura van den Berg will read from her work for all who are interested on Wednesday, November 4th, 2015. The reading will take place at 6:00 pm in the UConn Co-op in Storrs Center.

Laura van den Berg is an alumnus of Rollin’s College, and earned her MFA from Emerson College. She is the recipient of the 2014 O. Henry Award and the Bard Fiction Prize.

Van den Berg has published collections of stories including What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us (2009) and The Isle of Youth (2013). The former, a Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection, was also short-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Award. The latter was awarded the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. Her first novel and most recent publication, Find Me (2015), made the long list for the Center for Fiction’s first novel prize.

Her work has been reviewed nationally and internationally through media including the New York Times, The Boston Globe, and the UK’s Independent.

Van den Berg’s writing has been featured in periodicals including ConjunctionsAmerican Short Fiction, PloughsharesGlimmer Train and One Story.

Laura van den Berg is also a Writer-in-Residence at Bard College. She currently resides in the Boston area.

The Creative Writing Program aims to introduce and engage both undergraduate and graduate students in various writing courses including fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, drama, screenwriting, and more. These courses are offered to students of all majors in order to engage and include all that are interested in joining this growing creative writing community at the University of Connecticut.

The reading, co-sponsored by the Aetna Chair of Writing, the UConn Creative Writing Program and the UConn Co-Op, is free and open to the public. The UConn Co-op is located at One Royce Circle, 101 Storrs Center, and can be contacted at 860-486-8525. For more information, please visit the Creative Writing Program’s website at