An only child of divorced parents, Lauren grew up splitting her time between Joshua Tree and Landers. With no siblings, imagination was key in creating the little worlds she played in as a child in these isolated places. She also believes the 1984 disappearance of a toddler in Joshua Tree Joshua Tree National Park not only heightened the awareness of local parents about the whereabouts of their children, but also heightened her own, in general, and believes this awareness translates to her poetry.
Lauren, under the name L.I. Henley, is the author of two chapbooks: 'Desert with a Cabin View' and 'The Finding'. Her second full-length collection, 'Starshine Road', won the 2017 Perugia Press Prize. She is also the recipient of The Academy of American Poets University Award, The Duckabush Prize in Poetry, chosen by Lia Purpura, and two prizes through The Poet's Billow. Her newest poetry collection, 'Whole Night Through', will be available in October 2019. Lauren also edits the online literary journal, 'Apercus'.
For many years Lauren has faced a number of health challenges including Celiac disease and a Hashimoto's diagnosis. In this episode, she talks about the big role diet has played in her health management and healing. Lauren shares her health journey with others through her blog at her website.