Lara Palmqvist received her B.A. in biology and American studies from St. Olaf College, and her M.Th. in religion in peace and conflict from Uppsala University in Sweden. In addition to a residency at Marble House Project, her work has been honored with fellowships and awards from the the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP), Anderson Center at Tower View, Ox-Bow School of Art, Kimmel-Harding-Nelson Center, and Sozopol Fiction Seminars in Bulgaria. She is also the recipient of fellowships from the Jerome Foundation, Kone Foundation, National Science Foundation, Rotary International, and U.S. Fulbright Commission, through which she taught creative writing at the Ivan Franko National University in Ukraine. In 2017, she will be a fellow at the Saari Residence in Finland, where she will continue work on her first novel.