In her life Laura J. Bobrow has been a magazine editor, author, folksinger, sculptor, painter, poet, and lyricist. She juggled all of those pursuits at once. But it was when she discovered the world of storytelling that everything came together. The music, the art, and the visual excitement were all there. The epiphany came at a children's book writers' conference when she listened to a storyteller describe the techniques he used to turn a "told" story into a book. There has been no stopping her since. Laura resides in Leesburg, VA. in an apartment filled with paintings and sculpture of her own creation and containing file cabinets and computer discs filled with manuscripts. Laura counts close to 600 stories, poems, essays, and lyrics in her repertoire. Laura shares the apartment with three cats
although she does not, personally, chase pom-poms or pieces of string, preferring to spend her time
In 1960 former Poet Laureate Louis Untermeyer dubbed Laura “the American Milne.” and she has
been likened in print to Hilaire Belloc, and Edward Lear. She has been a judge for the annual
competitions of the Florida State Poetry Association and the Poetry Society of Virginia. One of her
poems can be found in a fourth grade textbook in Abu Dhabi.
Laura's picture book for children, "The Captain's Beard," Willowisp Press, was popularly received
in 1995. "The Book of Names." Kelsay Books, was published in 2012. "Betrayed," a poetry chapbook
about aging was published by Finishing Line Press in 2015.
Her work as a storyteller has been recognized by cultural organizations such as the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and the New York City Opera, who have included her performances in their fundraising auction catalogues. In addition to her acclaimed storytelling performances, Laura has been active in the storytelling world as the author of articles on the craft, a leader of workshops, and the originator of storytelling series and festivals. Laura introduced storytelling to the prestigious International Platform Association in 1993 and served on its Board of Directors for many years. Most recently she was the founder of LAUGHS, “Loudoun's Annual Unforgettable Gigantic Hilarious Storyfest!” which was held in Sterling VA. In May 2002 Laura was named Artist of the Month by the Loudoun Arts Council. Laura is the recipient of a 2009 Storytelling World honors award for one of her CDs.