Laurel Fantauzzo

Humanities (Writing)



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Ms Laurel Flores Fantauzzo earned her Master of Fine Arts in Nonfiction Writing as an Arts Fellow at the University of Iowa and is a PhD candidate in the Practice Research Symposium at RMIT University. She is the author of the nonfiction book THE FIRST IMPULSE (Anvil Publishing) and the co-editor of the anthology PRESS: 100 LOVE LETTERS (University of the Philippines Press). She was a 2016 finalist for the Pen/FUSION Award and she has earned grants and residencies from Erasmus, WrICE, Hedgebrook, Fulbright, and the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, among others. Her fiction and nonfiction book projects are represented by Writers’ House literary agency in New York City.

Ms Fantauzzo’s nonfiction subjects often include third culture identity, race and ethnicity, LGBTQ issues, family relationships, the Philippines, and Filipino-Americans.


THE FIRST IMPULSE, narrative nonfiction, Anvil Publishing, 2017.
PRESS: 100 LOVE LETTERS, co-edited anthology, University of the Philippines Press, 2017.

Selected Essays and Articles:

“Baptism,” Crab Orchard Review, 2017.
“I Am of Both Countries, and I Feel Sanctuary in Neither,” CNN Philippines and Longreads, 2016
“The New Strongman of Manila,” New York Times, 2016.
“Some Hints about Traveling to the Country Your Family Departed,” The Near and Far, Scribe, 2016.
“Fear and Loathing in Orlando,” Rogue Magazine, 2016.
“Navigating Manila with a Map, a Bike, and Stormy Heart,” New York Times: Modern Love, 2015.
“Questioning Tito Tony,” Esquire Philippines, 2015
“How to Survive a Super Typhoon,” Buzzfeed, 2014
“On the World’s Roughest Seas,” Esquire Philippines, 2014
“Road-Tripping with My 93-Year-Old Grandmother,” Gawker, 2014.
“Notes from a Storm-Wrecked Land,” New York Times, 2013.
“Through the Flood,” Vela Magazine, 2013
“Under My Invisible Umbrella,” The Manila Review, 2013.

Introduction to Nonfiction
Forms of Nonfiction
Advanced Nonfiction
Literary Journalism
Literature and Humanities II