Laurie Thomas is a fiction writer, filmmaker, and first-generation American with roots in Miami, FL, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Kingston, Jamaica. Her work explores themes of racial and gender violence, home and displacement.


As a filmmaker, her commissioned documentary short, Black Girl Magic about the lives of young black girls, was nominated for a 2017 National Magazine Award in Video. She is a producer of the short dark comedy, Everybody Dies!, directed by Frances Bodomo, produced for the feature, Collective: Unconscious, and licensed for HBO’s 2018 series Random Acts of Flyness.


As a fiction writer, Thomas has been a participant of the Tin House Intensive Workshop, a Bread Loaf Writers Conference Scholarship recipient, an AWP Writer to Writer mentee, and is a Helen Zell Fellow in Fiction at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She has been awarded fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and theTulsa Artist Fellowship.


Thomas received a MFA in Film from Columbia University, and a BA in Sociology and Film from the University of California, Berkeley. Her first published story is forthcoming in The Kenyon Review. She is currently at work on a first collection of short stories and a novel.

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