Bio – Writing-specific
Laura Zera recently completed a memoir titled Wish I Had a River. Her first book, 2004’s Tro-tros and Potholes, chronicles her solo adventures through five countries in West Africa. Laura’s work can be found in the anthology Write for the Fight (Booktrope, 2012), and she has contributed to The Washington Post, Quartz, Bustle, xoJane, and the Good News Network, among others. She is a regular contributor to The Seattle Times.
Originally from Vancouver, B.C., Laura has traveled to more than 65 countries, and lived and worked in Cameroon, Israel and South Africa. She currently resides in Seattle with her husband, photographer Francis Zera.
Bio – General
Laura Zera is a writer, speaker, facilitator and consultant. She previously worked in project management for Fortune 500 companies Fujitsu and Alcatel-Lucent, as well as for the internationally renowned Grameen Foundation, where she piloted a telecommunications/ microenterprise project in Cameroon. Laura has been invited to speak by a number of organizations, including The Art Institute of Seattle and Simon Fraser University, and her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, Quartz, Bustle and xoJane, among others. She is a regular contributor to The Seattle Times.
Laura recently completed Wish I Had a River, a memoir of her life as a competitive figure skater with a mother who had undiagnosed psychosis. Her first book, Tro-tros and Potholes, chronicles her solo journey through West Africa.