Laura Flynn INSTRUCTOR Laura Flynn was born and raised in San Francisco, California. She is the author of Swallow the Ocean—a memoir of growing up in the face of her mother’s catastrophic mental illness (Counterpoint, 2008). Swallow the Ocean was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award and a BookSense Notable Pick for March 2008. She received her BA from Wesleyan University and her MFA in creative writing from the University of Minnesota. She was a participant in the 2006/2007 Loft Mentorship Series, a recipient of a 2008 Jerome/SASE Award for emerging artists, and a 2009/2010 Bush Foundation Artist Fellow. She lived in Haiti from 1994-2000 and remains deeply involved in the struggle for democracy and human dignity in that country. She is the editor of Eyes of the Heart: Seeking a Path for the Poor in the Age of Globalization, by Jean-Bertrand Aristide (Common Courage Press, 2000). Her essay “Carrefour” was recently selected for The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2011 (Traveler’s Tales).