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Laraine Herring

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Nationality  American

Name  Laraine Herring
Laraine Herring
Born  August 5, 1968 (age 47) Charlotte, North Carolina, United States (1968-08-05)
Occupation  novelist, poet, essayist, professor
Genre  historical fiction, literary fiction, creative nonfiction
Subjects  social justice, feminism, writing
Notable works  Writing Begins with the Breath

Laraine Herring Q&A Session at Peregrine Book Company

Laraine Herring (born 1968) is an American writer of both novels and nonfiction books. Laraine’s poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in various anthologies and magazines, including Midnight Mind and Walking the Twilight: Women Writers of the Southwest. She was awarded the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grant for her fiction, and her non-fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.


Early life and education

Herring holds a BA from the University of Arizona, an MFA in Creative Writing/Fiction from Antioch University, and an MA in Counseling Psychology from Prescott College.


Herring was listed in the Arizona Artists Roster in Creative Writing from 2001 to 2010. She has taught at universities, libraries, community centers, and writing conferences around the country, as well as at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and Omega Institute for Holistic Studies.

Herring was Writer in Residence at Soapstone Retreat in 2003.

Herring was a presenter at Hassayampa Institute for Creative Writing from 2005 to 2007. She was a Phoenix College Creative Writing Microburst Panelist in 2006, and she was Writer in Residence at Eastern Arizona College in 2008.

Currently, she directs the Creative Writing Program at Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona, and works as a consultant for Tracking Wonder in New York.


  • On Being Stuck: Tapping into the Creative Power of Writer's Block, May, 2016, Shambhala Publications
  • Into the Garden of Gethsemane, Georgia, 2013, ISBN 978-0985260750, The Concentrium, 2013
  • Gathering Lights: A Novel of San Francisco, 2013 ISBN 978-0985260774, The Concentrium
  • Ghost Swamp Blues: A Novel, 2010 (ISBN 978-1935052272), White River Press
  • The Writing Warrior: Discovering the Courage to Free Your True Voice, 2010 (ISBN 978-1590307960), Shambhala Publications
  • Writing Begins with the Breath: Embodying Your Authentic Voice, 2007 (ISBN 978-1590304730), Shambhala Publications
  • Lost Fathers: How Women Can Heal from Adolescent Father Loss, 2005 (ISBN 978-1592851553 ), Hazelden Press
  • Monsoons: A Collection of Writing, 1999 (ISBN 978-1892579065 ), Duality Press
  • Anthologies

    Laraine Herring’s work has appeared in the following Anthologies:

  • Walking the Twilight: Women Writers of the Southwest, (ISBN 978-0873585859), Northland Publications
  • Women Celebrate (ISBN 978-0974399805) Peace Publications
  • Productions

    Laraine Herring’s work has been featured in the following Productions:

  • She Rhythms; (contributing author) produced by Big Damn Deal Productions
  • Hosanna in the Highest; produced by Big Damn Deal Productions
  • Witch Holiday; produced by Planet Earth Multicultural Theatre
  • Earthquakes; (contributing author)- Public Cable Access, award winning program
  • A Sick & Twisted Christmas; (contributing author) produced by Planet Earth Theatre
  • Nothing’s Black & White But Zebras; produced by Planet Earth Multicultural Theatre
  • Liberating Mama; produced by Planet Earth Multicultural Theatre
  • The Resurrection Quilt; produced by Playwright’s Workshop Theatre
  • Voices on the Edge; (contributing author) produced by Playwright’s Workshop Theatre (Zony nomination, Best Original Work)
  • Over the Edge; (contributing author) produced by Playwright’s Workshop Theatre
  • Honors

  • Phoenix Downtown Magazine, 1st prize, poetry
  • Tempe Poetry in April, 2003
  • i.e. magazine, 1st prize, short fiction, 2002
  • Pushcart Prize nomination, 2002, creative non-fiction piece appearing in “Midnight Mind”
  • Barbara Deming Award for Women Grant, 2001, for fiction
  • References

    Laraine Herring Wikipedia