Laura Minning began
writing creatively at the tender age of nine. Her first poem was published by
her Alma-matter in 1989, and her second received an Editor’s Choice Award by
the National Library of Poetry in 1993. Laura’s work has been featured both in
hard copy and on-line, via publications like “Literature Today”, “Amulet” and
Laura received her
first International Merritt of Poetry Award in 1995 and her second in 1998.
Both were presented to her by the National Library of Poetry. Her outstanding
achievements in poetry were internationally recognized again in 2005 by
Poetry.com, who was kind enough to bestow the title of International Poet of
the Year on to her.
collection of poetry, “dear diary” was published by Vantage Press in 2003. Her
second book, “sunburst” was published by Xlibris a year and a half later.
accomplishments have been equally impressive. She’s been creating and
exhibiting abstract work since 2013. Her pieces have been displayed at venues
like the Iowa Children’s Museum, the Trenton Free Public Library and Barcode.
Her artwork, as well as her original photography, has also obtained publication
status both in hard copy and on-line.
The Barcode exhibit
was held in 2016. It featured thirty-six pieces of Laura’s original abstract
artwork. Four of those pieces were sold over the course of the exhibition’s
opening weekend, and the entire event was sponsored by Bacardi.
In 2018, Laura
produced a chapbook, entitled “fusion”, which featured photographic images of
As a person with legal blindness, Laura hopes to inspire other creative people with disabilities to never allow anything to hinder them from reaching for the stars and accomplishing their dreams. If you were to ask her about her creative successes, she would tell you that the difficult is but the work of the moment, and the impossible takes a little longer.
Laura Minning’s Artist Statement
“My creative passions began with poetry. I started writing at the tender age of nine as a means of expressing my own thoughts and feelings. A few years later, I developed a desire to share my work with others. This not only aided me in strengthening the bonds that I had with friends and family, it was also instrumental in helping me to come out of my shell and become less timid.
Toward the end of
2013, my attentions shifted from poetry to art. I immediately decided to fan
the flames of my new passion by applying the methods that I had used for my old
one. I subsequently found this to be rather effective in developing my artistic
skills and techniques.
I began by utilizing acrylic paints. Next, I tried my hand at combining the paint with candle wax, crayons, nail polish, sidewalk chalk and glitter glue. I’d additionally affix original poetry or Imax film strips to the canvas board and incorporate the acrylic or wax based mediums around them. These techniques created some exceedingly colorful tactile and three-dimensional effects.”
She has been intimately familiar with depression and anxiety for the majority of her life. It wasn’t until she started tinkering with her photos that she realized she was starting to express herself through them. Knowing this was liberating but a little intimidating. It’s becoming more freeing now.