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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 awards from the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP), Anderson Center at Tower View, Kimmel-Harding-Nelson Center for the Arts, the Loft Literary Center, Marble House Project, Ox-Bow School of Art, UCLA's James Kirkwood Literary Awards, the Saari Residence in Finland, and the Sozopol Fiction Seminars in Bulgaria.

She is also the grateful recipient of fellowships from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, the Kone Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the National Science Foundation REU Program, Rotary International, and the U.S. Fulbright Commission, through which she taught creative writing at the Ivan Franko National University and Chernivtsi National University in Ukraine. 

She volunteers as Staff Reader for Ploughshares and works as Scientific Copy Editor for the Geology Department of the University of Kanas. A native of New Mexico, she currently lives in Minnesota, where she writes in a renovated boat house in the woods.