Laura Flynn was born and raised in San Francisco, California. She is the author of Swallow the Ocean––a memoir of growing up in the face of her mother’s catastrophic mental illness––published by Counterpoint Press in 2008. Swallow the Ocean was a BookSense Notable for March, 2008, and a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award.
She received her BA from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut and her MFA in creative writing from the University of Minnesota. She has been an activist and human rights advocate all her adult life. She lived in Haiti from 1994-2000 and remains deeply involved in the struggle for democracy and human dignity in that country. She is the editor of Eyes of the Heart: Seeking a Path for the Poor in the Age of Globalization by Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Common Courage Press, 2000.
Since the earthquake of January 12, 2010 she has been working to raise money and support for grassroots relief efforts in Haiti as well as writing about the situation in Haiti.
She is a recipient of a 2009 Artist’s Fellowship from the Archibald Bush Foundation.
She teaches creative writing in Minneapolis where she lives with her husband, poet Mike Rollin, and her son and daughter.