Lara is the author of THRESHOLES


and The Somnambulist


. Her writing has appeared in AmantBOMB, Futurepoem, Fence, The Poetry Project, and elsewhere


She is the recipient of artist residencies from MacDowell, Marble House Project, Shandaken: Storm King, and Headlands Center for the Arts. In 2018, she was awarded a CantoMundo Fellowship as well as a McKnight Fellowship in Poetry.

Lara holds a PhD in English from The Graduate Center, City University of New York. She has led writing workshops through Wendy’s Subway and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. An experienced educator and arts programmer, she believes that when you get artists, writers, and cultural workers together, anything is possible


A former editor of Triple Canopy, Lara currently teaches poetry at the University of Minnesota while moonlighting as a freelance editor. Most recently, she coedited Darrel Ellis


. She divides her time between Minneapolis and New York.