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Laura Hope-Gill

Laura Hope-Gill was born in Canada and has lived in the US, Britain, and Australia. She lives in Asheville, North  Carolina where she coordinates the Thomas Wolfe MFA Program at Lenoir-Rhyne University as well as the Narrative Healthcare Program, which she launched in 2013 as a means of extending narrative and poetic writing to improve communication and address moral injury for physicians and patients. She was named the first poet laureate of the Blue Ridge Parkway by the National Park Service in 2010 for her book The Soul Tree. Her two architectural histories of Asheville, Look Up Asheville 1 and 2 (Grateful Steps 2010, 2011) received awards from the North Carolina Society of Historians. She founded the city’s multicultural poetry festival, Asheville Wordest, in 2008, which received the first Harlan Gradin Award for Excellence in Public Humanities Programming in 2010. She is an NCArts Fellow for her Creative Nonfiction on deafness. Her memoir, The Deaf Sea Scrolls (Pisgah Press 2022), explores her journey into deafness through the lens of social justice and listening. In 2021 she cowrote and produced God’s Promise at Cockpit Theatre in London, England. Her essays and poems appear in Bellevue Literary Review, North Carolina Literary Review, Missouri Review, Fugue, Parabola, and more. She contributes widely to the medical community through poetry and story workshops. She is currently writing a novel based on her grandmother’s experiences in a P.O.W. camp in China during World War 2 and a new memoir about her experiences as a “Pack Sitter,” wherein she hosts many dogs in her home and lives among the pack.

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