This award was generously supported by Peter D. and Julie Fisher Cummings. _
Laura Kasischke has published seven books of poetry, four novels, and two young adult novels. Influenced by Scottish ballads and the lyrics of the Middle Ages, she writes about women’s lives, sexuality, fear, love, and family life. There is often an autobiographical element in her work as she traces the stages of life as they unfold. Two of her novels, Suspicious River and The Life Before Her Eyes, were made into films.