Lauren Marks is a Los Angeles native and a New York University, Tisch School of the Arts graduate. In the United States, she spent a decade in professional theater and pursued a PhD at The Graduate Center at City University of New York. Lauren was an Emerging Voices Fellow for PEN Center USA. She has been awarded grants from the Bread Loaf Writing Conference, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), VCCA France, Ragdale, Atlantic Center for the Arts, and Yaddo.
In the UK, she became involved in the International Communication Project, and worked as a peer leader at Connect, the premiere London charity serving people with acquired language disorders. She helped forge several collaborations between artistic and disabled communities, including the massive interdisciplinary project "Stroke Odysseys."
Storytelling events include Second Story (Chicago, IL), The Moth (Los Angeles), the West Hollywood Book Fair, Silverlake Jubilee, Hotel Café, The Hammer Museum, and the L.A. Book Fair. Speaking engagements include California State University Northridge (Department of Speech and Language Disorders), UC San Diego (Brain and Cognition Lab-director VS Ramachandran), Royal College of Art in London (Visual Art), and University College London (Psychology and Language Sciences). Among her several publishing credits are the Chicago Tribune, Seymour Magazine, and Nautilus Magazine.
Lauren remains an active advocate for those who live with language disorders like aphasia. A STITCH OF TIME is her first book.