Laura Shovan became a
writer when her short story "Snow Flurry" was published in a school
newsletter in second grade. She studied dramatic writing at New
York University's Tisch School of the Arts, spending time as an intern
at Nickelodeon television. She enjoyed working with children
enough to pursue a master's degree in teaching.
As a high school English
teacher, Ms. Shovan worked with bright young writers as the adviser of
an award-winning newspaper and literary magazine. She also
became involved with the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation's Poetry
Program, attending poetry sessions for teachers, which encouraged her
to return to her own writing.
Through Dodge, she
studied poetry with Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Madeline Tiger, Laura Boss
and Renee Ashley. With her help, Ms. Shovan began to publish in
small presses and twice received an Honorable Mention in the Allen
Ginsberg poetry contest. Again, combining creative writing and
education, she coordinated the student-award-winner poetry readings at
both the 1996 and 1998 Dodge Poetry Festivals.
After moving to
Maryland in 1999, Ms. Shovan became a stay-home mother. This
gave her freedom to apply to be an Artist-in-Education through the
Maryland State Arts Council and devote more time to writing.
Sharing and writing poetry with elementary age children is a new and
exciting experience, and has inspired her to write short stories for
Ms. Shovan also
freelances for the Baltimore Sun in Howard County and Baltimore's
Child Magazine. Most of her feature articles cover local
education, but she has also written on the arts, religion and weddings
(for Baltimore Magazine).
Ms. Shovan is currently
working on a young adult novel about a student newspaper.