An Evening with Laura Apol and 2024 Balocating Prize Announcement

Wed, April 3, 2024 7:00 PM at RCAH Theater, Snyder Hall, 362 Bogue St., East Lansing

Please join us for a reading by Laura Apol, whose latest poetry collection Cauterized is just out from MSU Press.

The evening will open with the announcement and presentation of the 2024 Annie Balocating Undergraduate Poetry Prize.

A reception and book signing will follow in the LookOut Gallery, 2nd floor, Snyder-Phillips Hall.


Laura Apol is an internationally published poet and writer and an associate professor at Michigan State University, where she teaches creative writing and children’s/young adult literature.

Laura has published widely in the areas of literacy education, children’s and young adult literature, the teaching of poetry, and arts-based research methodologies.  She is the author of several prize-winning collections of poetry, including A Fine Yellow Dust (Michigan State University Press, 2021), Nothing but the Blood (MSU Press, 2018), which won the Oklahoma Book Award for Poetry, was a silver-medal winner of the Independent Publisher Book Award, and was a finalist for the Annual Midwest Book Award. Her latest collection, Cauterized, was released by MSU Press in January 2024.

Laura has conducted writing-for-healing workshops in a number of national and international contexts, and her recent publication, Poetry, Poetic Inquiry, and Rwanda: Engaging with the Lives of Others (Springer International, 2021) focuses on arts-based inquiry, international collaboration, and the therapeutic uses of writing in response to trauma.

From 2019-2021, Laura served as the Lansing Poet Laureate, and she continues to do readings and workshops for writers of all ages and levels of experience.