Monique Laban

Monique Laban is a writer from New York. Her fiction has appeared in The Offing, Aquifer: The Florida Review Online, Clarkesworld, and the collection Tiny Nightmares. Her essays have appeared in Catapult and Electric Literature. She is an alumna of the 2019 Tin House Summer Workshop, the 2019 Viable Paradise Workshop, and the 2017 Voices of Our Nations Arts (VONA) Workshop. She is a 2022 Hedgebrook writer in residence.

Illustration of someone walking on a path but it's a snake

I Had to Let Go of My Parents to See Myself

Writer Monique Laban abandoned The Plan her parents had laid for her, and in the process found the life she wanted all along