Mulberry Street Focus Fellowship

Laurel Snyder

Laurel Snyder is 2017's recipient of the Mulberry Street Focus Fellowship, awarded to an author and illustrator whose work explores the experience of childhood and growing up.


Laurel Snyder is a poet, essayist, and fiction writer, with a focus on writing for younger readers. She is the author, most recently, of Orphan Island (Walden Pond Press/Harper Collins), and Charlie & Mouse (Chronicle Books), and her poetry and nonfiction have appeared in such places as the New York Times, Boston Globe, Salon, Iowa Review, American Letters and Commentary, and NPR’s All Things Considered. Laurel has been the recipient of the Sydney Taylor Medal, E.B. White Honor, and Orbis Pictus Honor. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she teaches in the MFAC (Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults) program at Hamline University.


AIR Serenbe supports artists of every discipline through our Focus Fellowship awards, nominated annually by our National Advisory Council—esteemed peers and experts in the field.  Focus Fellowships provide the opportunity for individuals, corporations, and other organizations to directly support artists and their influence on building healthy, creative communities. Funders of these awards have the chance to name the fellowship and to work closely with AIR Serenbe to determine what kind of artists (discipline, geography, demographic, subject) the fellowship will serve.  

To learn more about establishing a Focus Fellowship, contact AIR Serenbe Executive Director Brandon Hinman at