Laura Villareal earned her MFA from Rutgers University-Newark. Her debut Girl's Guide to Leaving will come out in Spring 2022 with University of Wisconsin Press. Her chapbook The Cartography of Sleep was published in 2018 by Nostrovia! Press. She has received fellowships and scholarships from The Highlights Foundation, Key West Literary Seminar, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, VONA, National Book Critics Circle, and the Stadler Center for Poetry and Literary Arts. She works on an interview series at F(r)iction called "Writers Talking about Anything But Writing."