Laurel Jean Becker has won many national and regional awards for her work, including the Draft to Dream Competition award for her newest book, Tales from Weaver Pond, the Storyteller People’s Choice Award, Society of Southwestern Authors Award in both poetry and short stories, Poetry Society of Colorado 2006 and 2012 Sweepstakes Award and the National Writers Association Award for poetry—4th place nationally. In 2013, CBS News recognized Laurel as one of Denver’s top poets.
Some highlights of her published works include: author, Tales From Weaver Pond (published by Sheffield House publishing, LLC, CO); In the Heart of a Quiet Garden (published by Finishing Line Press, KY); contributing author for Women’s Voices of the 21st Century (published by The Argian Press, NY) ; contributing author for Anything Prose….and Poetry, Too (published by Anassa Publications, CO); and contributing author for Poetry on Track (Green Fuse Publications, CO); articles in publications for the Arthritis Foundation, Hernando Medic (Florida Medical Society), M.S. Society, and Lutheran publications; essays in Authorship Magazine (National Writer’s Association); poetry in multiple literary magazines, children’s magazines, inspirational and professional writers’ magazines. Several of her short stories have appeared in New England Writer’s Network.
Laurel speaks to many organizations. She presented a workshop as faculty for the Castle Rock Writer’s Conference, has been a guest lecturer for Creative Writing at Metro State University and presented workshops for local schools, the Poetry Society of Colorado and the National League of American Pen Women. She presented her book and spoke at both the Douglas County Library and Englewood Library for Meet the Author events. Laurel has done readings at the Denver Women’s Press Club and several book clubs.
Laurel was President of the Poetry Society of Colorado from 2012 to 2014. She is a member of the Denver Women’s Press Club, Colorado Authors’ League, National League of American Pen Women in “Letters,” Author U and Columbine Poets. She is an avid cook, loves to do hand crafting, and enjoys time with her children and grandchildren.