Laurie Lindeen is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Petal Pusher (Atria/Simon and Schuster) and of various published and anthologized essays.
She is an adjunct professor of Literature and Writing at the University of St. Thomas. She has been awarded the Geselle Award for Non-fiction, an Artist Initiative Grant, and was a finalist for the Bush Foundation award in 2009.
What started as a favor for a family friend has turned into an in-demand service for students wanting assistance with their all-important college entrance essays. A longtime teaching artist at the Loft and the Writers in the Schools program, as well as being the mother of a teenager, Laurie imparts support, wisdom, and calm, confidence-boosting guidance to her students while they navigate their entrance essays in their own words, using their own unique voices.