Laura Shaine Cunningham
Memoirist, novelist playwright and journalist
Laura Shaine Cunningham visited with students at Amherst in 2010
Laura Shaine Cunningham's memoirs, Sleeping Arrangements and A Place in the Country have been acclaimed as "modern classics" by The New York Times. Both memoirs were first published in The New Yorker magazine and went on to receive honors in hardcover and reprint. "A beautiful book I shall cherish for years," wrote Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, and in The New York Times, Michiko Kakutani hailed Sleeping Arrangements as "A model memoir, irreverent and generous." A Place in the Country was a New York Times Notable Book and garnered a cover rave review.
Laura is the recipient of many awards for her writing, including two NEA grants and two New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowships and A Duchess County grant for her play, Bang. Her plays have premiered at Steppenwolf Theater and been staged at Playwrights Horizons, the Actors Studio and many other theaters. Her play, Beautiful Bodies, which is also a novel, has been produced all over the world, and enjoys great popularity throughout Eastern Europe, playing long runs in Russia, Bulgaria, Estonia, and Lithuania.
As a journalist, Laura's essays appear in The New York Times. She has held workshops and given lectures on writing memoir at Harvard, NYU, and Omega. She is the Artistic Director of The Memoir Institute and the author of Guide to Writing Your Memoir.
For further information about Laura Shaine Cunningham, please visit her website.