Laurel Jean Becker has won many national and regional awards for her work, including the national Draft to Dream Competition award for Tales from Weaver Pond, the Storyteller People’s Choice Award, Society of Southwestern Authors award in both poetry and short stories, Poetry Society of Colorado 2006 and 2012 Sweepstakes Award and the National Writers Association award for poetry—4th place nationally. In 2013, CBS News recognized Laurel as one of Denver’s top poets.
Laurel is the author of In the Heart of a Quiet Garden (Finishing Line Press) and contributing author to: Women’s Voices of the 21st Century (Argian Press, New York); and Poetry on Track (Green Fuse Poetic Arts). She has written articles, poetry, essays and short stories for numerous magazines.
Laurel had been President of the Poetry Society of Colorado (2012-2014) and is a member of the Colorado Authors’ League, the National League of American Pen Women in “Letters,” Columbine Poets, Denver Women’s Press Club and Author U.
All of this followed a life path that included raising three children, presenting workshops in local schools and mentoring at-risk school children. Laurel presently lives in Lakewood, Colorado with her husband.