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 is a recipient of Radar Poetry's 2020 Coniston Prize selected by Ada Limón, 2018 Key West Literary Seminar Teacher and Librarian Scholarship and The Highlights Foundation's 2018 Laurie Halse Anderson Scholarship.  ​

She works on an interview series at F(r)iction called "Writers Talking about Anything But Writing." She is a 2019-2021 National Book Critics Circle Emerging Fellow and a 2020-2021 Stadler Fellow.