Lauren Markham is a writer and reporter based in Northern California. She writes fiction, essays and journalism - mostly about migration, youth and the environment. Markham's work has appeared in outlets such as VQR (where she is a Contributing Editor), The New Yorker.com, The Guardian, The New Republic, Guernica, VICE Magazine, Orion, California Sunday, The Utne Reader, Pacific Standard, and on This American Life. She's a graduate of Vermont College of Fine Arts' MFA in writing program and has 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, Markham works at a high school for immigrant youth in the Bay Area.