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Laurie Byro's short stories and poetry have appeared in dozens of publications including: Loch Raven Review, The Literary Review, Triggerfish, Snakeskin, Redactions, Chaminade Review, Chronogram, Grasslimb, Re:al Journal, The New Jersey Journal of Poets, Red Rock Review, The Paterson Literary Review, and The 7th Quarry (from Wales) among others.
In 2016, Laurie won a New Jersey Poet's prize in 2016. She has won or placed in 47 IBPC competitions. In January 2011, Laurie was named one of the "Poets of the Decade" by the IBPC for her 2000-2010 work, amassing more awards than any other competing poet. Her work was recently published in The Poetry of Place Anthology, Vincent Van Gogh-Go, and St. Peter's B-List. Her children's poem "A Captain's Cat" has appeared in Cricket Magazine and a textbook Measuring up to the Illinois Learning Standards. Her chapbook The Bird Artists was published in 2009 and Laurie was Poet Laureate of Allendale, NJ from 2009 to 2013.
Her work draws on myth and fairy tale and her experiences of foreign places in the years she worked as a travel agent. Her poetry insists upon the continuing importance of fantasy, mystery, and "the other" in our lives. Laurie has been facilitating Circle of Voices, poetry discussion in NJ for over 16 years including the West Milford Township Library where she is Poet in Residence. Laurie is married to Michael Byro whose painting "Luna" graces the cover.
Paperback: 118 pages
Publisher: Kelsay Books/Aldrich Press (July 28, 2015)