Mary Laura Philpott believes a good writer is a great listener.

ML Philpott_0608 (1)She is the author of the essay collection I Miss You When I Blink (Simon & Schuster, April 2019); the author and illustrator of a little humor book called Penguins with People Problems; a writer whose work appears in publications including The New York Times, The Paris Review, The Washington Post, McSweeney’s, Garden & Gun, and others; the founding editor of MUSING, the online magazine published by Parnassus Books; and an Emmy-award winning co-host of A Word on Words, a literary interview show on Nashville Public Television. Mary Laura also enjoys traveling around the country to talk to people about books, reading, and writing.

Across her work, Mary Laura examines the overlap of the absurd and the profound in life, literature, and culture. She has built a career doing what she loves and feels mighty lucky to be here. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her family.