Laura Silver

Laura Silver

I'm a writer and editor.

I especially enjoy writing about people, art, design, books, food, travel, and health care, but I consider myself a generalist and love learning about new topics. Let me put your ideas into words.

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Off the Shelf: Picking Up the Pieces

Fall 2015. By Laura Silver. In her young-adult debut novel, Kathleen Glasgow (M.F.A. '02) has written about a girl much like her younger self.

Torah crown article

Personal Paths: Articles of Faith

American Craft December/January 2016. By Laura Silver. Anika Smulovitz brings a scholar’s eye to Judaica. (Photo by Doug Yaple.)

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Minnesota Magazine

Off the Shelf: The Bohemian Flats

Summer 2014. By Laura Silver. It was on a walk across the Washington Avenue Bridge during her first days as a University of Minnesota student that Mary Relindes Ellis (B.A. ’86) saw 79 wooden steps leading from Washington Avenue down the bluff to the riverbank. The mysterious sight has inspired her second novel, The Bohemian Flats. (Photo by Samantha Bender.)

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Minnesota Magazine

Off the Shelf: The Brothers Grimmer

Spring 2015. By Laura Silver. A new collection of dark, original versions of classic fairy tales has been translated and notated by U of M professor and renowned Grimms scholar Jack Zipes. (Illustration by Patrick Arrasmith.)

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Minnesota Magazine

Common Good: A Major Devotion to Service

Winter 2016. By Laura Silver, Minnesota Army National Guard Major Amber Manke (M.Ed. ’12, Ph.D. ’15), was one of 28 Army officers nationwide to receive the prestigious General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award in 2014. (Photo by Sara Rubinstein.)

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Minnesota Magazine

Off the Shelf: The Wedding Heard 'Round the World

Spring 2016. Review by Laura Silver. The Wedding Heard ‘Round the World: America’s First Gay Marriage (University of Minnesota Press, 2016) speaks most pointedly to a young adult audience, but all readers will find an inspirational love story as well a fascinating look back at the early days of the gay rights struggle.

Still life article

WAM News: Still ... Life

Fall 2015. By Laura Silver. The mostly abandoned Jewish cemeteries of Bohemia and Moravia (in the present-day Czech Republic) are the focus of Still . . . Life (December 19, 2015, through July 10, 2016), a collaborative installation that is a meditation on memory, survival, and rebirth in the face
of horrific intolerance.

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Minnesota Magazine

Off the Shelf: Citizen Swain

Fall 2016. By Laura Silver. Citizen Swain is a behind-the-scenes look at the people and events that have shaped Minnesota, and a testament to the rewards of active citizenship.

Beginners mind article

Beginner's Mind

Fall 2011. By Laura Silver. Three jewelry artists, all longtime exhibitors at American Craft Council shows, have spent their careers cultivating and honing their craft, yet each retains the passion, exuberance, and spontaneity of a beginner.

Breathing easier article

Breathing Easier: For a Better Quality of Life

Fall 2014. By Laura Silver.
U experts look at a different way to manage the stresses of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis—through cognitive behavioral therapy. (Photo by Jim Bovin.)

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Minnesota Magazine

Where Are They Now: Andrew Leicester

Summer 2012. By Laura Silver.
Minnesota catches up with 40 University of Minnesota
alumni who were making headlines 25 years ago. (Photo by Mark Luinenburg.)

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Minnesota Magazine

Arts & Events: Bridging Islam and the West

Winter 2011. By Laura Silver. Hayy bin Yaqzan on stage at the Rarig Center.

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Minnesota Magazine

Arts & Events: Strauss Goes Hollywood

Spring 2011. By Laura Silver. Photo by Sara Jorde. Don’t let the frothy wit, infectious music, or cheeky satire fool you—Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus may be a breezy delight for audiences, but it’s a strenuous workout for budding opera performers.

Marie johnson article
Impact of Microfinance on the Schooling of Children

Innovators at Heart: A Medical Game Changer

Fall 2012. By Laura Silver.
Personal tragedy led Marie Johnson, Ph.D., to develop a promising new medical device that can detect coronary-artery blockage. (Photo by Scott Streble.)