Laurie Clements Lambeth grew up in Southern California, moving north from Laguna Beach to Santa Ynez. She was educated at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and received her MFA and doctoral degrees from the University of Houston's creative writing program, where she was awarded a Michener fellowship and a Inprint fellowship in memory of Donald Barthelme. An avid horsewoman, she trained and showed horses for many years. She has lived with multiple sclerosis, a subject of much of her work, for her entire adult life. Her first book, "Veil and Burn," won the National Poetry Series and was a top finalist for "Shenandoah's" Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers. Her poetry and essays have appeared in "The Paris Review," "Mid-American Review," "The Iowa Review," and elsewhere. She is currently at work on her second collection, "Bright Pane," and a book of creative nonfiction.