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, the Northern California Book Award, and a California Book Award Silver Prize. It was also 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, The Atlantic, California Sunday, Narrative Magazine, Pacific Standard, and on This American Life. 

In addition to writing, I work at a high school for immigrant youth in the Bay Area and teach writing at the Ashland University MFA in Writing Program, Left Margin Lit, and University of San Francisco.

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