Laurie is a writer and editor, and the founder of Charlottetown’s Acorn Press, which she started in 1993 and passed to a new owner in 2010. Her poetry has won the Atlantic Poetry Prize, and was published in the chapbook, Scars (Saturday Morning Chapbooks). She was a co-founder of the Island Literary Awards in 1988, was the founding president of the PEI Writers’ Guild in 1989, and received the Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Literary Arts in PEI in 2002.
Laurie just completed her latest adventure: a PhD in Geography from University of Tasmania with Drs Pete Hay and Elaine Stratford. Her dissertation is entitled “Artists and the Articulation of Islandness, Sense of Place, and Story in Tasmania and Newfoundland. She teaches a course in “Islandness: Culture, Change and Identity” as part of the Master of Arts in Island Studies Program at University of Prince Edward Island, and is currently Co-ordinator of the Institute of Island Studies. In an effort to help MAIS students finish their theses, she offers a weekly “Shut Up and Write!” session (inspired by the program of the same name which began in the San Francisco area several years ago). It’s proving to be popular with the students!
In November 2012, Laurie’s collection of poetry Here for the Music was published by Acorn Press. Read about it here.