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 EtC (Solid Objects 2023); 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.
Mullen 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 was the McElveen Professor in English at Louisiana State University, where she also directed the creative writing program. She is currently the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor in the Humanities at Wake Forest University.