Laura Reece Hogan is the author of I Live, No Longer I: Paul’s Spirituality of Suffering, Transformation, and Joy (Wipf & Stock, 2017), which examines the spirituality of Paul the apostle, and the poetry chapbook O Garden-Dweller (Finishing Line Press, 2017), which reimagines the classic poetic text of the Song of Songs and considers its terrain of love and belonging in connection with how we seek out the divine today in our own backyards, literally and figuratively.
I Live, No Longer I won four First Place 2018 Catholic Press Association Book Awards in the categories of Spirituality, Hardcover; Spirituality, Softcover; Theology; and Scripture, Popular Studies. I Live, No Longer I also was awarded the gold medal for Spirituality in the 2018 Illumination Book Awards, and won the category of Religion: Christianity in the 2017 American Book Fest Best Book Awards. O Garden-Dweller won 2nd Place in the category of Poetry in the 2018 Catholic Press Association Book Awards.
Her poems can be found in or are forthcoming in America, The Christian Century, The Cresset, Whale Road Review, Anglican Theological Review, The Windhover, Saint Katherine Review, Dappled Things, Snapdragon: A Journal of Art & Healing, Riddled with Arrows, Poems for Ephesians, The Penwood Review, Faith Hope and Fiction, PILGRIM: A Journal of Catholic Experience, NonBinary Review, Plum Tree Tavern, ALTARWORK, and the anthologies In a Strange Land (Cascade Books, forthcoming 2019), and Fire and Mud (Solo Press, forthcoming 2019). Her poetry has been nominated for the Best of the Net and a Pushcart Prize. Her essay “The Brightness of Bones” was featured in Spirituality. Laura has spoken on a range of topics including Paul’s spirituality, the Christological hymns, the paradox of the cross, Carmelite spirituality, and spirituality and creative writing.
Laura earned a B.A. from Rice University in Houston, Texas, a J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, and a M.A. in theology from St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, California. She is a professed Third Order Carmelite. She lives in Southern California with her family.