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 is a Centrum Fellow and MFA candidate in Creative Nonfiction at the University of Idaho, where she recently earned Honorable Mention for the Academy of American Poets Prize. Other projects include work on CTRL-Shift, co-coordinating the POP-UP PROSE reading series in Moscow, Idaho, and serving as the Nonfiction Editor of Fugue