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I write poetry, flash fiction, and the occasional essay when the inspiration strikes. My work comes from both my heart and my somewhat twisted mind.

Meet Lauren

I am a poet and storyteller who runs on espresso, anxiety, and inappropriate humor. I have been around books my whole life—first as an avid read, then a bookseller for more than a decade, and now as the evening supervisor of a university library. I write to escape, cope, and find a deeper meaning to my place in the world. I love romantic fantasy fiction, dark humor, and any fairy-tale retelling I can get my hands on.

When I’m not writing I’m reading, taking pictures, exploring twisting side streets, spending time alone with my thoughts, and let’s be honest, binge-watching Netflix. My past lives include research intern, sled dog trainer, historical re-enactor, deputy registrar, Marian shrine volunteer, and freelance graphic designer.

I am currently a contributing writer for The Creative Cafe and Poetrica on Medium. I live with my husband in western Wisconsin, in the shadows of the bluffs along the Mississippi River.

Recent Works

MEMORIES

they whisper pastrustling a dreamforgotten by morning Memories are a funny thing. Our brains take bits and pieces of events from our past, splice them together and call it a memory. They are more feelings rather than concrete images. I don’t remember kindergarten but some flashes of being misunderstood and alone. I don’t remember my …

ABANDONED

It looks like the place had been abandoned only yesterday. Everything still. Waiting. Silent. No popcorn can be heard popping. No children screeching as they get spun around on the tilt-o-whirl. No sticky fingers from too much cotton candy. The child went missing almost 20 years ago. The last sighting of her was of a …

BY MY HAND

I only have myself to blame for my near death experience. I tried to kill myself. I don’t remember the exact trigger that made me decide life in this realm was no longer a viable option for me. All I remember is a year of heartache, isolation, and a feeling of such darkness I never …

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