Lara Adams Gaydos grew up in central and northern New Jersey. After graduating from Rutgers University in 1994, she moved west, eventually settling in Colorado Springs, Colorado where she met a group of local poets who encouraged her to begin writing. She joined Poetry West and attended workshops, retreats and readings in the area for many years. In 2006 she moved to Bucks County, Pennsylvania where she had the opportunity to meet and work with a talented community of poets led by Dr. Christopher Bursk. She attended Professor Bursk's master poetry workshop at Bucks County Community College for many years. After placing as a runner-up three times, she was named the the Bucks County Poet Laureate in 2012. In the summer of 2014, Lara returned to the Colorado Springs area where she reconnected with Poetry West and the local Pikes Peak area poetry community. She now lives in Monument, Colorado with her husband, two daughters, and their rag tag collection of rescued pets, where she continues to write and connect with local poets. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Poetry West.
Lara's poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, including: Poems from the Baca Grande, U.S. 1 Worksheets, Slant, A Journal of Poetry, and the Schuylkill Valley Journal. Her chapbook, Things That Were Only Briefly the Truth, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2014.