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Laura Mullen was appointed Director of Creative Writing at Louisiana State University in 2014. She has served as Poet-in-Residence at Brown University and Columbia College, and serves frequently as a guest faculty member at Naropa's Summer Writing Program. She is the author of seven books, including most recently Enduring Freedom (2012), Dark Archive (2011), and Murmur (2007). Her first book, The Surface (1991), was a National Poetry Series selection. A new collection, Complicated Grief, is forthcoming from Solid Objects Press in fall 2015. Mullen's work has been praised for its wild invention and play, and her poems are included in anthologies such as Postmodern American Poetry, American Hybrid, The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral, and I'll Drown my Book: Conceptual Writing by Women, among others. Mullen's many honors and awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, and MacDowell. In 2015, she served as a panelist for Pew Fellowships.