Lauren W. Westerfield is an essayist and poet from the Northern California coast. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in DIAGRAMSonora Review[PANK], Hobart, The Baltimore Review, PhoebePermafrost, Noble/Gas Quarterly, and The Rumpus, where she has also served as an Assistant Essays Editor. Lauren received an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Idaho, where she was a Centrum Fellow, earned Honorable Mention for the Academy of American Poets Prize, was nominated for Best New Poets 2018, and worked as the Nonfiction Editor of FugueCurrent projects include CTRL-Shift [a forthcoming digital meta-narrative examining poetic process], co-coordinating POP-UP PROSE, and completing an experimental nonfiction manuscript, The Fact and Curl of It [Studies]. Lauren teaches writing at Washington State University, and lives in Moscow, ID.