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

My work has appeared in outlets such as VQR (where I am a Contributing Editor), The New Yorker.com, The GuardianThe New Republic, Guernica, VICE Magazine, Orion, The Utne Reader, Pacific Standard, and on This American Life. 

I'm a graduate of Vermont College of Fine Arts' MFA in writing program and 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. My book about child migration from El Salvador, THE FAR AWAY BROTHERS, will be published by Crown in September 2017. 

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