Lauren is a writer and educator based in California. Her writing has appeared in Orion, The New York Times, Mother Jones, Guernica, The Guardian, VQR, Harper's, and The New Republic. She is a graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing Program. Her book, The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life, was awarded the Northern California Book Award, the California Book Award Silver Medal, and the Ridenhour Prize. In addition to writing, she works at a high school for immigrant youth in the Bay Area.