About Laura

Laura Bogart’s work has been featured on SalonThe RumpusThe Manifest-Station, DAME Magazine, Press Play, and The Nervous Breakdown — among other publications. She has awarded a Grace Paley Fellowship by the Juniper Institute at UMass Amherst. She is currently working on a novel tentatively titled Your Name is No.

You can follow her on Twitter: @LDBogart

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12 thoughts on “About Laura

  1. Hi Laura. Just read your article on Salon, “I choose to be fat.” Thank you for speaking your truth. Your writing is wonderful, your depth and honesty are rare, and your article touched my soul.

    1. Ditto. This section esp. “Whenever I doubt myself, whenever I feel ugly, I turn to the one photo I have of myself as a child. I’m seven years old, and I’m beginning to plump up. My belly strains the fabric of my footie pajamas, but I am all smiles, fists at my hips in a Superman pose, a baby blanket cape around my neck. I’m starting to be teased at school, and the lunch ladies give me smaller spoonfuls of mashed potatoes, but I’m not ashamed (not yet). I don’t care about being beautiful or fitting in. In this moment, I know that no matter what happens to me, no matter what I’ll endure, I am powerful.” Beautiful.

      1. I have to throw in my ditto also. As a BHM in love with a BBW I think you are very much a beautiful person for taking a stand (and gorgeous too form the pics I see :D).

  2. I stumbled across your work on Salon.com for “My best relationship is with my dog.” It made me laugh and cry. More of the latter.

    I adore your writing style, honesty and talent. It was like reading my own thoughts aloud, from someone else. Needless to say, I very much look forward to that novel, Your Name is No.

    You’re a brilliant writer, Laura Bogart!

  3. Hi Laura, I just finished reading “So much for family values.” It moved me immensely based on my personal experiences. Thank you for sharing in such an honest and vulnerable way.

  4. I read you for the first time today on Salon then traversed several of your other essays…Tova, So much for “family values…” You may actually be the best writer in the world…

    “He made us pay for everything our presence cheated him of.”

    I am not sure if you know how deeply you speak to a generational experience of the 50’s “family values” household.

    I feel I have found treasure of the first day of 2014

  5. Just came here to say what these other people have said.

    I discovered your writing this weekend. It’s devastating and gorgeous.

  6. Laura: Love your articles on Salon. I am working on writing an academic article. Wish that I had your talent with words!

  7. I just read your latest essay on Salon (titled “Love at any size”), and I felt compelled to tell you something…but unfortunately, I’m not exactly sure what it might be.

    You’re strikingly beautiful, but that’s not it.

    You’re a very talented writer, but that’s also not it.

    Your mom’s a bit of an ass, but I don’t really have the right to say that, and that’s not it either. (So I probably shouldn’t leave that in, but I probably will.)

    I think the closest thing to it would be that you’re absolutely fascinating. There’s an inherent strength in vulnerability – as there is also in anyone whose body is outside the socially acceptable range – and whether you know it or not, that strength is deeply and powerfully attractive in its own right. You see it in the love of your friends, and I have no doubt that some day you will see it in the love of your husband.

    And perhaps that was it, after all.

    Thank you for having the courage to share yourself that deeply and publicly. I appreciate looking into an alternate mirror and seeing a kindred soul staring back.

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