I am a writer and reporter based in Northern California. I write fiction, essays and journalism - mostly about migration, youth and the environment, though about other things, too.

I am the author of The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life, published in September 2017 by Crown. My essays and journalism have appeared in outlets such as VQR (where I am a Contributing Editor), The New Yorker.com, The GuardianThe New Republic, Guernica, VICE Magazine, Orion, California Sunday, The Utne Reader, Pacific Standard, and on This American Life. 

A graduate of Vermont College of Fine Arts' MFA in fiction writing program, I have the great fortune of having been awarded fellowships from the Mesa Refuge, the UC Berkeley 11th Hour Food & Farming Journalism Fellowship, The French American Foundation, The Rotary Foundation, and the Middlebury Fellowship in Environmental Journalism. In addition to writing, I work at a high school for immigrant youth in the Bay Area.

For updates on my work, follow me on Twitter: @LaurenMarkham_