Laura Donnelly

Associate Professor, Interim Director of Creative Writing


328 Marano Campus Center

Office hours

SPING 2020
Monday 9:00-12:00
Tuesday & Thursday 9:30-11:00
or by appointment


Laura Donnelly

Laura Donnelly's first full-length collection of poetry, Watershed, won the 2013 Cider Press Review Editors' Prize and was a finalist for the Brittingham and Pollak Prizes. She is also the author of a chapbook, Nocturne - Schumann's Letters (Finishing Line Press, 2010), and her poems have been published in Rhino, Cimarron Review, Typo, Third Coast, PANK, Flyway, CutBank, Poetry East, DIAGRAM, and elsewhere.

Donnelly holds a PhD in English/Creative Writing from Western Michigan University and an MFA from Purdue University. Her interests include poetry and nonfiction writing, 19th and 20th century British literature, literary publishing, and gender studies. She is a former Editor-in-Chief of the national literary journal Third Coast and the recipient of fellowships from the Corporation of Yaddo, the Ragdale Foundation, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Classes taught


CRW 405/800 TR 11:10-12:30 258 Marano CC

CRW 405 POETRY WRITING: ADVANCED - Advanced Poetry Writing builds upon the experiences of CRW 205 and 305 as students refine their poetic practice.  Over the course of the semester, each student will write a chapbook of poems, a focused collection of fully revised poetry.  The class also considers how writers remain involved with poetry after college, including explorations of literary journals and publishing, community outreach, and graduate writing programs.