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, a California Book Award Silver Prize, was named a Barnes & Noble Discover Selection, a New York Times Book Critics' Top Book of 2017, and was shortlisted for the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize and the L.A. Times Book Award and longlisted for a Pen America Literary Award in Biography. 

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, Mother Jones, Orion, California Sunday, Narrative Magazine, 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_