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Laura Apol

 Associate Professor
  Department of Teacher Education
 Ph.D., University of Iowa
 363 Erickson
 517-353-6450
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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