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Laura Apol

 Associate Professor
  Department of Teacher Education
 Ph.D., University of Iowa
 363 Erickson
Laura Apol is an associate professor of literacy and curriculum in the College of Education, Department of Teacher Education. She is a core faculty member in African and African American Studies; the Center for Gender in Global Contexts; Women in International Development; Peace and Justice Studies; and the Center for Advanced Study of International Development. She is the author of several prize-winning collections of poetry (Falling into Grace; Crossing the Ladder of Sun; Requiem, Rwanda, drawn from her work using writing to facilitate healing among survivors of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi; and, most recently, Nothing but the Blood), and she has published widely in the areas of literacy education, children’s and YA literature, and arts-based research methodologies. Her most recent work focuses on the therapeutic uses of writing and literature in response to trauma, and she is currently completing a book about the Rwanda writing project entitled Whose Poem is it, Anyway? The Challenge and Responsibility of Researcher as Writer and Witness (Springer, forthcoming).

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