Laura Krughoff is a fiction writer and essayist, who teaches creative writing. Her scholarly interests include the history of marriage, the relationship between law and literature, and the representation—and emerging effects—of marriage equality in LGBTQ literatures. Her debut novel, My Brother’s Name, was a finalist for a 2014 Lambda Literary Foundation Award. The book explores the notion of “gender passing” in which the main female character, in following her brother through the struggles of mental illness, adopts his identity and struggles to survive in his world without losing herself in the process. Krughoff’s current novel project follows the lives of two women navigating the decade between Massachusetts legalizing same-sex marriage and the U.S. Supreme Court overturning the Defense of Marriage Act. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in publications including The Threepenny Review, the Gay Voices section of Huffington Post, and a podcast of the Chicago-based story-telling performance collective Second Story.
B.A., Loyola University-Chicago, 2000; M.F.A., University of Michigan, 2003; Ph.D. University of Illinois-Chicago, 2014