I am a writer and reporter based in Northern California. I write fiction, essays and journalism - mostly about migration, youth, the environment, and my home state of California, 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. The Far Away Brothers is the winner of the 2018 Ridenhour Book Prize, was named a Barnes & Noble Discover Selection, a New York Times Book Critics' Top Book of 2017, is a current finalist for the L.A. Times Book Award and the California Book Award, and was shortlisted for the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize and longlisted for a Pen America Literary Award. 

My essays, fiction and journalism have appeared in outlets such as VQR (where I am a Contributing Editor), Harper's, The New Yorker.com, The GuardianThe New Republic, Guernica, VICE Magazine, Orion, California Sunday, Narrative Magazine, The American Literary Review, The Utne Reader, Pacific Standard, and on This American Life. 

I am a graduate of Vermont College of Fine Arts' MFA in Writing Program, where I coordinate the annual overseas residency in Slovenia. 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_