Laura Goode

Laura Goode (born 1983) is an American author, novelist, essayist, poet, screenwriter, producer, and feminist. She is the author of the young adult novel Sister Mischief, the co-writer and producer of the feature film Farah Goes Bang, and writes the ANTIHEROINES column for Bright Ideas Magazine. She lives in San Francisco.

Laura Goode
BornNovember 25, 1983
Edina, MN
OccupationAuthor, screenwriter, poet
Notable worksSister Mischief, Farah Goes Bang

Early life

Goode was raised in Edina, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis–Saint Paul which provided the inspiration for Sister Mischief's fictional setting of Holyhill, Minnesota.[1] From 1995-1998, Goode competed in Minnesota's regional and state spelling bees.[2] She graduated from Edina High School in 2002, received her B.A. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia College, Columbia University in 2006, and received her M.F.A. in Writing from Columbia's School of the Arts in 2008.[3]


Goode's first novel for young adults, Sister Mischief, was released by Candlewick Press in 2011.[4] The book centers around a Jewish lesbian teenager named Esme who starts a hip-hop group with her friends in the fictional town of Holyhill, Minnesota. Goode was inspired to write the book because of her "love for young people, and my frustration with the lack of strong literary role models for young women of all different cultural backgrounds and sexual identities."[5] Sister Mischief was a 2012 Best of the Bay pick by the San Francisco Bay Guardian,[6] a top 10 selection of the American Library Association's Rainbow List for excellence in GLBTQ YA literature,[7] and a selection of the ALA's Amelia Bloomer List for excellence in feminist YA literature.[8]

While an undergraduate at Columbia, Goode met and became friends with Meera Menon, who starred in a play Goode wrote.[9] Later, Goode and Menon co-wrote the feature film Farah Goes Bang, which Menon directed and Goode produced.[10] Farah Goes Bang premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival,[11] where it was awarded the inaugural $25,000 Nora Ephron Prize by Tribeca and Vogue.[12] Farah Goes Bang also won the Comcast Narrative Competition at CAAMFest.[13] Goode designed and executed a Kickstarter campaign for the movie, which raised $81,160 for production of the film.[14] Farah Goes Bang's distribution was facilitated by Seed&Spark and released at retail in April 2015.[15]

Goode's essays, poems, and fiction have appeared in Bright Ideas Magazine, where she is a columnist and contributing editor, New York Magazine, the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Believer: Logger, Scratch, Vela, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, The Rumpus, BOMB, The Millions, Boston Review, The New Inquiry, IndieWire, Dossier, Fawlt, and anthologies including Starry Eyed: 16 Stories That Steal The Spotlight and Please Excuse This Poem: 100 Poets for the Next Generation.

Personal life

Goode is married to Patrick Cushing, CEO of WorkHands. Their son Josiah was born in April 2014.


  • Sister Mischief (young adult novel, 2011)
  • Farah Goes Bang (screenplay, 2013)
  • Become A Name (poetry, 2016)


  • For Sister Mischief
    • Best of the Bay, San Francisco Bay Guardian 2012[6]
    • Top 10 selection of American Library Association's Rainbow List for excellence in GLBTQ YA literature 2012[7]
  • For Farah Goes Bang


  1. Books, Fresh Ink-Porter Square (2011-10-18). "Fresh Ink: Laura Goode Interview, Part 2". Fresh Ink. Retrieved 2015-09-25.
  2. "The Millions : The Bee Years: The Tales of Two Spelling Bee Hopefuls". Retrieved 2015-07-05.
  3. "Alumni in the News | Columbia College Today". Retrieved 2015-07-05.
  4. "Candlewick Press - Catalog". Retrieved 2015-07-05.
  5. "Me, My Shelf and I: {Author Interview} Laura Goode". Retrieved 2015-09-25.
  6. "Best of the Bay 2012: BEST YOUNG ADULT HIP-HOP MISCHIEF | SF Bay Guardian". Retrieved 2015-07-05.
  7. "2012 Rainbow Book List Announced". Retrieved 2015-07-05.
  8. "2012 Amelia Bloomer List". Retrieved 2015-07-05.
  9. "The Believer Logger - Girls Behind The Camera: An Interview with Meera Menon". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-07-05.
  10. Farah Goes Bang, 1 Apr 2013, retrieved 2015-07-05
  11. "Farah Goes Bang | Tribeca Film Festival". Tribeca. Retrieved 2015-07-05.
  12. Goodman, Stephanie. "Nora Ephron Prize Is Given to Director of 'Farah Goes Bang'". Retrieved 2015-07-05.
  13. "" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-07-05. External link in |title= (help)
  14. "Farah Goes Bang". Kickstarter. Retrieved 2015-07-05.
  15. "Farah Goes Bang". Retrieved 2015-07-05.
  16. "2014 Festival". Garden State Film Festival. Retrieved 2015-09-25.
  17. "Timeline Photos - Austin Asian American Film Festival | Facebook". Retrieved 2015-09-25.
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