Laura Todd Carns grew up in Washington, DC and Gaborone, Botswana, fed on a steady diet of books and world-widening childhood experiences.

Laura began her career in IT, particularly for DC-based nonprofits, and in technical writing. She ultimately earned a Bachelor’s Degree (English) from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (specializing in the teaching of secondary English). Over the course of her career(s), she has been a writer of reading passages for state standardized tests, an IT consultant, and a middle school English teacher.

Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Quartz, Electric Literature, Pigeon Pages, Medium Member Features, and Mothers Always Write, and is forthcoming in Hobart.

Her short story “Herself” was selected as an Honorable Mention in Writer’s Digest’s 2018 Popular Fiction Contest (Young Adult category), and Pigeon Pages selected her story “The Balance” as one of its Best of the Nest for 2018.

Laura lives near Annapolis, Maryland with her husband, children, and too many pets.