Lauri Conner

Lauri Conner

Vice President

Conner is a Cave Canem fellow whose poems have appeared in Calyx, Seattle Review, and other journals and anthologies. She holds a PhD and an MFA from the University of Washington and has taught at Cornish College of the Arts, Antioch University, and Seattle Central College. She currently teaches Creative Writing at Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences, where she is the Assistant Head of School.

The English teacher who was most influential in Conner’s life was Carol Tipton, her 8th and 12th grade English teacher, who taught her the great lesson: “Don’t be less than what your parents raised you to be.” When Conner is emperor of the world, her biggest accomplishment will be making everyone literate, and she’ll make all of her loyal subjects read Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison (which, coincidentally, is also the book she would read if only allowed to read a single book over and over again for the rest of her life).