Laurie Lynn Drummond's collection of linked stories, Anything You Say Can and Will be Used Against You (HarperCollins 2004), was a LLDfinalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award and won the Best Book Award from the Texas Institute of Letters and the Violet Crown Award from the Writers' League of Texas, and has been translated into Finnish, Japanese, and French.   A story from her collection, "Something About a Scar," won an Edgar Award for Best Short Story.  Her fiction has appeared in journals such as The Southern Review, New Delta Review, Story, New Virginia Review, Black Warrior Review, and Fiction. Her essays, several of which have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and cited in Best American Essays, have been published in Creative Nonfiction, Fourth Genre, Brevity, and River Teeth.  Drummond has received fellowships from The Virginia Center for the Arts, Ucross, and the Sewanee Writers' Conference.  A recipient of a 2009 Oregon Literary Fellowship in Literary Nonfiction, she is working on a memoir, Losing My Gun, and a novel, Memories of the Living, Lives of the Dead.  

A former police officer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Drummond received her MFA from LSU in 1991. She has taught creative writing at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas, and in the MFA Program at the University of Oregon, where she also directed the Kidd Tutorial Program.  She is the Thornton Writer-in-Residence at Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Virginia, for the spring 2012 semester.

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