Has been called The Queen of American storytelling. She is a performing artist, writer, teaching artist and advocate for storytelling since 1979. She is internationally acclaimed. Laura sits on the Advisory Council for Global Education (UN-NGO), is the artistic director of H. C. Andersen Storytelling Center in NY and has directed festivals and events worldwide. Laura combines traditional stories with personal narrative. She has received awards including the Sesame Street SUNNY DAYS award, The Brimstone Award , The Oracle Award, CHOICE award for best story collection and a Lifetime Achievement Award from ISC. Her most recent book is OUR SECRET TERRITORY: The Essence of Storytelling.