Laine Cunningham

Laine Cunningham's novels interweave social, cultural, historical, political and spiritual movements that have occurred within different groups and at different times. These elements engage readers in discussions of how similar forces have changed or are changing the contemporary world ... and what might be in our future. When individuals recognize how large issues build over time from multiple small steps, they recognize that everyone can foment change through their choices and their decisions.

Laine's work has won multiple national awards, including the Hackney Literary Award and the James Jones Literary Society Fellowship. In past years, the Hackney Award was received by Horton Foote and William Styron, placing her in the ranks of Pulitzer Prize-winning authors.

She has received dozens of fellowships and residency slots from programs like the Jerome Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center, Wildacres Center for the Humanities, Arte Studio Ginestrelle in Assisi, Italy, and the Takt Kunstprojektraum in Berlin, Germany. In spring of 2017, she will be in residence for two months at Fusion Art in Turin, Italy. Four completed novels, one of which is the first in a five-book historical literary series with a touch of magic, are available. Two completed nonfiction books are available. 

Laine Cunningham is an accomplished ghostwriter and publishing consultant with 20 years of experience. Click here for more information on available services for your nonfiction and fiction projects. 

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Honors and Awards

Residency, Fusion Art, Turin, Italy Apr/May 2017

Reading, Hambidge Center, Nov 2016

Residency, Hambidge Center Nov 2016

Exhibition, Tapir Gallery, Berlin, Germany Sep 2016

Reading, Tapir Gallery, Berlin, Germany Aug 2016
Takt Residency, Berlin, Germany Jul/Aug 2016

Wildacres Residency Apr 2016

Exhibition, International Artists, Assisi, Italy Dec 2015

Arte Studio Ginestrelle Residency, Assisi, Italy Nov 2015
The Rensing Center Residency Feb/Mar 2014
Anderbo Book Award Top Three Selection Dec 2012
Blowing Rock Residency Jul 2011
Honorable Mention, Carolina Woman Magazine 2011
Vermont Studio Center Residency Nov 2006

VSC Fellowship and Grant Nov 2006

Wildacres Residency Mar 2005
Hackney Award & Reading Birmingham Southern College, Mar 2005

Honorable Mention, Writer’s Digest, Short Story Nov 2003
James Jones Literary Society Fellowship Oct 2003

Career Opportunity Grant Jul 2002
Cornucopia Arts Residency Nov 2001
Jerome Foundation Fellowship Nov 2001

New York Mills Residency May 2000
Jerome Foundation Fellowship Apr 2000

Honorable Mention, Writer’s Digest, Short Story 1999
Honorable Mention, Writer's Digest, Feature Article 1998
Honorable Mention, Focus on Writers, Memoir 1998 

First Place, Focus on Writers, Poetry 1998
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