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LAUREN FRANCIS-SHARMA is the author of Book of the Little Axe (May, 2020) and ‘Til the Well Runs Dry, which debuted in 2014 and was short-listed for the William Saroyan International Prize, awarded the Honor Fiction Prize by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. ‘Til the Well Runs Dry was also chosen as an O, The Oprah Magazine Summer Reading Pick and lauded by the New York Times, USA Today, Essence Magazine, and People Magazine amongst other publications.

Lauren, a child of Trinidadian immigrants, has written about the Caribbean in both her novels and the story of her grandmother’s journey to the United States, the inspiration behind her acclaimed first novel, was the subject of a feature article in both the Washington Post in July 2014 and The Baltimore Sun in March 2015 

Lauren’s short story Demented is featured in the anthology  Us Against Alzheimer’s: Stories of Family Love and Faith edited by Marita Golden. Lauren holds a Bachelor’s degree in English literature with a minor in African-American Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. Lauren is the owner of DC Writers Room, a co-working space dedicated to both published and aspiring writers. She is also the Assistant Director of Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference at Middlebury College and a MacDowell Fellow.

Lauren lives in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. with her husband and two children and she is always working on another book.