Lauren W. Westerfield is an essayist, poet, and editor from the Northern California coast. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in [PANK], PermafrostThe Los Angeles TimesThe Butter, Redivider, Revolution House and The Rumpus, where she has also served as an Assistant Essays Editor. Lauren is a Centrum Fellow and MFA candidate in Creative Nonfiction at the University of Idaho, where she recently received a Kimmel Harding Nelson residency award and Honorable Mention for the Academy of American Poets Prize (judged by Kathryn Nuernberger).  She currently co-hosts the  POP-UP PROSE reading series in Moscow, Idaho, and is the Nonfiction Editor of Fugue

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