is a Philly-raised, Los Angeles-based writer and author who writes about topics such as hope, mortality, family, relationships, and the art of noticing.
Her essays have appeared in national and international publications including: The New York Times (online and in print), The Washington Post (online and in print), BBC Travel, New York Magazine’s The Cut, Longreads, Los Angeles Review of Books, Glamour, InStyle, Shondaland, Scary Mommy, The Straits Times (Singapore), The Japan Times, The New Zealand Herald, and many, many more.
She is currently working on a memoir called Funeral Singer: A Memoir of Falling in Love, Facing the Dark, and Finding the Light, which she’s been lucky enough to workshop with two authors whose work she loves, Dani Shapiro and Claire Bidwell Smith.
A graduate of Temple University’s Honors Program with majors in English, Spanish, and philosophy, Lauren is also a funeral/wedding singer, a SAG actress/stand-in, a singer/songwriter, a writer for mission-based organizations, and an essay-writing coach. Her latest, greatest joy is her pandemic puppy, a red miniature dachshund named Betty.
Even though Lauren is afraid of goodbyes, she somehow knows that everything will be okay in the end.