College for Creative Studies: Liberal Arts


Laura Bernstein-Machlay

Adjunct Faculty

MFA, University of Washington
BA, University of Michigan

Research Interests:

Teaching and writing Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, and Memoir.
Women's and Nonwestern literatures including Post Colonialism, Magical Realism, etc.

Professional Experience:

Laura Bernstein-Machlay is an award-winning writer who teaches literature and creative writing at The College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI. Her work has appeared in many national and international journals and magazines. Her full-length collection of creative nonfiction essays, Travelers, was published in May of 2018, and was recently named a finalist in Foreword Review's INDIE book award. She has been nominated for multiple Pushcart Prizes in both the essay and poetry categories.

Significant Publications/Presentations/Exhibitions:

Full-length Creative Nonfiction Collection:

  • Travelers , Sonder Press, 2018.

Recent (2018-19) and forthcoming essay publications:

  • Hotel Amerika: Church of Holy Pharmaceuticals (Forthcoming)
  • Chiron Review: Why I got my Latest Tattoo (Forthcoming)
  • NILVX II(III): God at Breakfast; Satan at Supper (Forthcoming)
  • Still Point Arts Quarterly: Why I Might Not Return to the Writers’ Workshop. Spring 2019
  • Concho River: In the Brambles. Spring 2018
  • *In the Brambles was nominated for a 2018 Pushcart Prize by Concho River Review
  • Front Range: Strays. Spring 2018
  • The American Scholar: Present Tense. Vol. 87 #4. Autumn 2018
  • Bridge Eight: Garbage. Archetypes Issue. 2018

Recent readings and presentations:

May 2019:

  • Reading—Biblioasis Bookshop

February 2019

  • Reading—PuppetArt Series.
  • Reading—Good Times Writers Buffet 

January 2019:

  • Reading—Huntington Woods Public Library.

November 2018:

  • Presentation—Detroit Working Writers Conference.

August 2018:

  • Book Signing—B&N Bookstore.
  • Reading—Literati Bookstore.

July 2018:

  • Interview—Pulse Magazine.

June 2018:

  • Reading—Sinister Wisdom Bookstore.

May 2018:

  • Interview—CMN TV.
  • Reading/Book Launch—Pages Bookstore. 
  • Reading—Eastside Reading Series.