The Solace of Monsters was named a finalist in the Fiction category for the 2017 Washington State Book Awards. To learn more about these awards, go here.
The Solace of Monsters was included in a list of best 2016 books from independent publishers at Bookriot.
Laurie won the 2015 Leapfrog Fiction Contest for her novel The Solace of Monsters. If you are in Seattle, you can find the book at either The Elliott Bay Book Company, Third Place Books, or the University Book Store. For those outside Seattle, you may order the book here. You can read an excerpt from the book in Issue Eighty-Seven of The Collagist. To learn more about the book, go here.
The author of seven books of poetry, four novels and a novella, Laurie Blauner received an MFA from The University of Montana. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in various publications, including The New Republic, The Nation, The Georgia Review, The Seattle Review, The New Orleans Review, Poetry, and American Poetry Review. She has received an NEA grant, King County Arts Commission, Seattle Arts Commission, Artist Trust, and Centrum grants and awards. Laurie Blauner lives in Seattle, Washington.
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The Solace of Monsters, Leapfrog Press, 2016
The Bohemians, Black Heron Press, 2013
Instructions for Living, Main Street Rag, 2011
Infinite Kindness, Black Heron Press, 2007
Somebody, Black Heron Press, 2003
Other Lives, Owl
Creek Press, 1984
Self-Portrait with and Unwilling Landscape, Owl Creek Press, 1989
Children of Gravity, Owl Creek Press, 1995
Facing the Facts, Orchises Press, 2002
All This Could Be Yours, Cherry Grove Collections, 2006
Wrong, Cherry Grove Collections, 2008
Figments (& other occurrences), dancing girl press, 2013
It Looks Worse than I Am, What Books Press, 2014
What your Body Holds Against You*
love in the right proportions. Don't confuse
form and content where a good sense of humor becomes
curves that make rooms loosen around her.
Look for a woman that listens to music
drifting over a lake, hovering like flies, or
someone who will
watch the landscape emptied of azaleas under a setting sun.
By forty there is a sideshow of vanities:
the dragon breath you wake to, bones tossed
against your skin like waves, or the flesh that
where a waitress tucks her loose change. We measure
time with our lives, counting out the coins
year by year. We all become detectives of broken
hearts in off-season hotels where love and its
wait by the roulette wheel for one chance at the big time.
*from Children of Gravity, Owl Creek Press, 1995
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