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Communications Assistant

Laura Stickney is an aspiring poet, editor and artist eager to share her creative vision with the world. A strong, adaptable writer with sharp editorial instincts and an eye for detail, Laura has experience editing, proofreading and writing engaging content for a variety of print and digital publications.

Before joining the Lilja team as its communications assistant, Laura worked as a  communications & development intern for 826 MSP, a Twin Cities nonprofit that seeks to amplify the voices of underserved K-12 youth through free creative writing and publishing programs. Previously, Laura was a writer for her undergraduate student newspaper and the HerCampus Gustavus online platform. She also served as a writing tutor and as poetry editor for the 2020 edition of "Firethorne: The Gustavus Journal of Literary and Graphic Arts." She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with minors in Comparative Literature and Studio Art from Gustavus Adolphus College.


Alongside her communications work, Laura is a poet and visual artist with a deep appreciation for the arts. Her recent work explores the relationship between our wacky, whimsical inner worlds and the outside world of reality — how the interior landscapes we build for ourselves change and often complicate the way we interact with our exterior surroundings. In Fall 2021, Laura will continue her studies as a writer at Hamline University’s MFA in Creative Writing program.


In her free time, Laura enjoys reading, drawing and painting, visiting coffee shops and writing imaginative poetry. She’s a big fan of Victorian literature, period dramas and cloche hats.

Favorite book: “The Waves" by Virginia Woolf

Reading & recommending now: “The Complete Poems of Sylvia Plath"

Favorite movie: “Lincoln” (2012) and "Little Women" (2019)

Binge-watching now: “Mad Men”

Six-word memoir: She let her imagination run wild.