Laura Mullen was born in Los Angeles in 1958. She received her BA in English from University of California, Berkeley, and her MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
Mullen is the author of several books of poetry, most recently Complicated Grief (Solid Objects, 2015), Enduring Freedom: A Little Book of Mechanical Brides (Otis Books, 2012), and Dark Archive (University of California Press, 2011). Her first book, The Surface (University of Illinois Press, 1991), was chosen as a National Poetry Series selection.
She is the recipient of Ironwood’s Frank Stanford Prize and a Rona Jaffe Award, as well as fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the National Endowment for the Arts. Mullen is the McElveen Professor in English at Louisiana State University, where she also directs the creative writing program.