Laura Treacy Bentley (Photo by Sandee Lloyd ~ C 2013)
(Photo by Sandee Lloyd ~ C 2013)
"Many things steal their way into a poem until it starts to breathe on its own. I believe Thomas Wolfe when he said “I am a part of all that I’ve touched and that has touched me,” because if it’s a good day, this happens intuitively. If not, it may take years to get it right. Or never. Although the seeds, the genesis, of my poems are varied, I’ve discovered that if I shut out the world and dive deep enough, I become the poem. And in the becoming, I am transformed." LTB
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I am a poet, a novelist, and the book editor for a beautiful magazine called WV Living: www.wvliving.com I served as writer in residence for three years at the Marshall University Writing Project.
Poetry is my first love, but writing fiction is my newest love. My first novel THE SILVER TATTOO has just been released (April 2013). It's a dark literary thriller set in mythical Ireland.
I was born in
I like to tell people that I received my "MFA" from RU (Rogue University) because I belonged to a fabulous fiction writing group called The Rogues.
*The Rogues - Summer 2004*
Top: Paul Martin, Marie Manilla, John VanKirk, & me
Bottom: Shannon Butler, Zoe Ferraris
I attended public schools in Maryland and West Virginia and received my undergraduate degree in Speech and English and a master’s degree in Gifted Education from
My husband and I have three children and a stray dog named Lucky. I taught gifted students in
Lake Effect is my first book of poetry, and it was published in 2006. My work has appeared in Ireland and the United States in The New York Quarterly, Poetry Ireland Review, Rosebud, The Stinging Fly (Ireland), Antietam Review, Nightsun, Kestrel, ABZ, Now & Then, Wind, blink, Crannog (Ireland), Art Times, Eureka Literary Magazine, Riverwind, Space and Time, Appalachian Journal, Ellipsis: Literature and Art, Small Pond, Controlled Burn, Backbone Mountain Review, 10X3 plus, Ginseng, Grey Sparrow Journal, and WV Living Magazine, among others, and in many anthologies, including Getting The Knack: Twenty Poetry Writing Exercises, co-authored by William Stafford and Stephen Dunning; A Gathering at the Forks; The Guyandotte Poets I; Weeping With Those Who Weep; Wild Sweet Notes: Fifty Years of West Virginia Poetry; Appalachian Love Stories; Crossing Troublesome: 25 Years of the Appalachian Writers Workshop; Tobacco: A Literary Anthology; Family Matters: Poems of Our Families; Coal; Seeking the Swan; Motif: Writing by Ear; The Southern Poetry Anthology; and Fed From The Blade .
In 1992 I studied with Irish poets at the Dublin Writing Workshop in
I completed a four-week writing residency in
In 2003 I was privileged to read my poetry with Ray Bradbury in