Laura Hershey grew up in Colorado with a physical disability, a curious mind, and a sense of adventure. She writes essays and poetry, and advocates for social justice, disability rights, equitable health care, community inclusion, and nonviolence. Her personal blog is at laurahershey.com. She has a BA in history from Colorado College, and an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. Hershey lives with her partner and their teenage daughter in Englewood, Colorado.