Wilkes University

Laurie Jean Cannady

Laurie Jean CannadyLaurie Jean Cannady

Memoirist, Creative Nonfiction

Laurie Jean Cannady has published an array of articles and essays on poverty in America, community and domestic violence, and women's issues. She has also spoken against sexual assault in the military at West Point Military Academy. Her memoir, Crave: Sojourn of a Hungry Soul, was named one of the best nonfiction books by black authors in 2015 by The Root online magazine. A Kirkus review describes Crave: Sojourn of a Hungry Soul as a "bold, honest, and courageous memoir." Most recently, Foreword Reviews announced Crave as an Indiefab Book of the Year 2015 finalist in the autobiography/ memoir category. Additionally, Crave was named a finalist for the Library of Virginia People's Choice Award for Nonfiction. Laurie Jean resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, Chico, and their three children. She serves as a professor of English at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania and faculty member in the Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Wilkes University. She holds a Ph.D. in Literature and Criticism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Laurie Jean was recently inducted into the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.