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. 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. She has given readings in bookstores across the United States. Among her several publishing credits are the Chicago Tribune, Seymour Magazine, and Nautilus Magazine.
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. With an extensive background in the performing arts, she helped forge several collaborations between artistic and disabled communities, including the massive interdisciplinary project "Stroke Odysseys."
In addition to her work as an author, Lauren is a dynamic speaker and guest lecturer, who has spoken at events nationally and internationally, and is an active advocate, especially for those who live with language disorders like aphasia. 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), University College London (Psychology and Language Sciences), The Rehabilitation of St. Louis, and served as keynote speaker at Houston Aphasia Recovery Center (Let's Talk luncheon) and at New Jersey Speech Language Hearing Association. She also was commencement speaker for Mayfield Senior School for 2018 graduating class.
A STITCH OF TIME is Lauren's first book.