Lara Palmqvist received her B.A. in biology and American studies from St. Olaf College, and her M.Th. in religion in peace and conflict from Uppsala University in Sweden. Her work has been honored with fellowships and awards from the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP), Anderson Center at Tower View, Marble House Project, Ox-Bow School of Art, Kimmel-Harding-Nelson Center for the Arts, UCLA's James Kirkwood Literary Awards, and the Sozopol Fiction Seminars in Bulgaria. She is also the recipient of fellowships from the Jerome Foundation, Kone Foundation, National Science Foundation REU Program, Rotary International, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the U.S. Fulbright Commission, through which she taught creative writing at the Ivan Franko National University and Chernivtsi National University in Ukraine. A native of New Mexico, she currently lives in Minnesota.