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Cells

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Cells

Winter Squash

Winter Squash
Winter Squash with poem

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Nine

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About Laura

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Laura Grothaus is a Baltimore writer and visual artist. Interested in the politics of magic and memory, she tackles everything from robot babysitters to mermaid molting. Her work has been featured by or is forthcoming in BUST, The Cincinnati Review, Cimarron Review, Pleiades, and Fairytale Review. It has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and garnered awards internationally, from Poetry in Pubs in Bath, England to the Nazim Hikmet Poetry Competition in Cary, North Carolina... more

Selected Poems

Selected Poems:

a. Proof
Published in the Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival Book and nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2019.

b. The Tending
Beyond Baroque Poetry Contest second place 2019, chosen by poet Diane Suesse.

c. Home Again
Published in Sugar House Review in 2020.

d. Larded All with Sweet Flowers
Published in Sugar House Review in 2020.

e. Also Milk
Published by the Cincinnati Review in their miCRo series in 2019.

f. The Selkie
Published in the Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival Book and nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2019.

g. Mary Magdalene Washing his Feet with Perfume
Published in Crosswinds in 2019.

h. Coda
Published in 2014 in International Painting Annual.

i. Linguistics, 2019
Published in Sugar House Review in 2020.

j. The Mountain, 2018
Published in the Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival Book and nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2019.

k. Baba Yaga In Conversation with her Home, 2013
First runner up for the So to Speak Poetry Contest in 2013.

l. Over the Body of Orpheus, 2013

m. Pinocchio Revisited, 2015
Published in Fairytale Revie and nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2016.

Red Ballad

Directed by Rae Red, Red Ballad is a cabaret combining visual art, music, storytelling, burlesque, and more. Collaborators included Kim Le, Theresa Columbus, Maura Dwyer, and Rain. Viewers were invited to enter a room of red painting and to cosider the color red in the context of folklore. The paintings and accompanying zine were to be displayed at Towson University in Baltimore in March of 2020. The show has been postponed due to the pandemic.

Moth Suite

Painted a set up cards––Ace through King––that could be shuffled and read in any order. This poem played with the iterations and reiterations of grief, with the shuffling of memories and the circular thoughts of loss. The instructions intoned: Draw again. It was displayed and performed in galleries at Oberlin College.

Physics

Embroidered poems on silk and wool create a fragmented narrative exploring science, myth, and family. Using the story of Daphne, the nymph turned into a laurel tree to escape assault, these pieces explore what it means to change your body for the sake of survival.

Portable Homes

Illustrated Portable Homes, a book of letters from survivors of domestic violence. These illustrations were displayed at the 18th International Conference and Summit on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma Art Showcase in San Diego. Lexie Bean, Director of Attention People with Body Parts and editor of the book, led workshops with me about writing to heal the body. These workshops provided the groundwork for an international tour focused on survivors of domestic violence.

  • Workshop participant working on body map

    Workshop participant working on body map. Body maps are body tracings that are filled in with drawings and stories.
    Workshop participant working on body map. Body maps are body tracings that are filled in with drawings and stories.
  • Writers dancing at a reading.

    This image show dancer performing contact improv in a circle of twinkle lights.
    Feeling connected to our bodies is key to this project. Movement is key to that connection. Workshops and reading combined words and movement as we worked towards healing.
  • Old Home

    Illustration from Portable Homes. House with body parts.
    Illustration from Portable Homes. House with body parts.
  • Bedroom

    Illustration from Portable Homes. Bathroom.
    Illustration from Portable Homes. Bathroom.
  • Bathroom

    Illustration from Portable Homes. Bathroom.
    Illustration from Portable Homes. Bathroom.
  • Kitchen

    Illustration from Portable Homes. Kitchen.
    Illustration from Portable Homes. Kitchen
  • Living Room

    Illustration from Portable Homes. Living room.
    Illustration from Portable Homes. Living room.

Dinner Sketches

Drawings of what was cooked and garnished.

  • Squash

    Squash with poem drawn in pencil.
    Squash with poem drawn in pencil.
  • Chanterelle

    Chanterelle with poem drawn in pencil.
    Chanterelle with poem drawn in pencil.
  • Leek

    Leek drawn in pencil
    Leek drawn in pencil
  • Plum

    Drawing of a plum with a poem.
    Drawing of a plum with a poem drawn in pencil

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