Laurie Ann Doyle is an award-winning writer and teacher of writing. Two decades ago, a friend lent her Alice Munro’s The Moons of Juniper and she became fascinated with the short story; so fascinated that she left a career in healthcare and sent herself to graduate school to write a few. Nine years later, “a few” has turned into two dozen, thirteen of which have comprised her debut collection, World Gone Missing. Stories in this book have won the Alligator Juniper National Fiction Award, been nominated for Best New American Voices and the Pushcart Prize. Her stories and essays have also been published in The Los Angeles Review, Timber, Jabberwork Review, Under the Sun, and elsewhere.
Best American Short Stories author Catherine Brady says, “Laurie Ann Doyle understands how to structure a story so that it sneaks up on you and gives you a thump that leaves you breathless—breathless with wonder.”
Laurie draws inspiration from an eclectic set of authors, not only Alice Munro, but Louise Erdrich, Anton Chekhov, and George Saunders. She’s the co-founder of the long-running literary series Babylon Salon in San Francisco. Laurie lives in Berkeley with her husband and teen-age son, and teaches writing at The San Francisco Writers Grotto and UC Berkeley.