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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


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 …


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 …


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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