Laure-Anne Bosselaar grew up in Belgium where she worked as a talk-show hostess, commentator and voice-over for Belgian and Luxembourg Radio and Television. She is the author of Artémis, a collection of French poems, published in Belgium. She moved to the United States in 1987.
She holds a B.A. in Acting and Elocution from the Brussels Conservatory and an M.F.A. in Theater Arts from the Institut National des Arts des Spectacles (National Institute for the Performing Arts) in Brussels, Belgium. She taught Advanced Placement French Poetry at the International School of Brussels from 1983 to 1986.
A graduate from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, she taught poetry workshops for the Writers in the Schools program in Colorado, directed a poetry workshop in Snowmass Village, Colorado, and co-directed the Aspen Writers’ Conference with her late husband, poet Kurt Brown, from 1989 to 1992.
She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, and her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Ohio Review, Harvard Review, AGNI, Georgia Review, Orion, and The Washington Post as well as in textbooks and numerous anthologies such as Good Poems edited by Garrison Keillor, and The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry. Garrison Keillor also read four of her poems on The Writers’ Almanach.
Her first collection in English, The Hour Between Dog and Wolf, was published by BOA Editions. This book was a finalist for the Walt Whitman Award, the National Poetry Series, the Ohio State University Prize, and the Nicholas Roerich Prize. Her second book, Small Gods of Grief, won the Isabella Gardner Prize for Poetry in 2001, and her third poetry collection, A New Hunger, was selected as an ALA Notable Book in 2008.
She taught a graduate poetry workshop at the Sarah Lawrence College MFA Program, was one of the founding faculty at the Stonecoast Low Residency MFA for Writers, has taught poetry workshops at the Sarah Lawrence Seminars for Writers, Catskill Poetry Workshops, Palm Beach Poetry Festival, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, the Frost Place Poetry Festival, was awarded a Fellowship at the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference, and was a Writer in Residence at The Vermont Studio Center and at Hamilton College, New York. She was awarded the McEver Chair for Visiting Writers at Georgia Tech University in Atlanta, Georgia.
With Kurt Brown, Bosselaar co-edited Night Out: Poems about Hotels, Motels, Restaurants and Bars, and edited Outsiders: Poems about Rebels, Exiles and Renegades as well as Urban Nature: Poems about Wildlife in the City, all with Milkweed Editions. Four Way Book published her anthology Never Before: Poems about First Experiences.
Fluent in four languages, she is currently translating American poetry into French and Flemish poetry into English. She and Kurt Brown translated a book by Flemish poet Herman de Coninck: The Plural of Happiness, which the Field Translations Series published in 2006.
Laure-Anne Bosselaar lives in Santa Barbara, CA.