Lauren Swift is a writer and editor in Sacramento, California. Her poems, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in or are forthcoming with journals including Denver Quarterly, Cimarron Review, North American Review, Atlanta Review, The 2River View, The Rumpus, Birdcoat Quarterly, and No Contact. She was the recipient of Academy of American Poets Prizes in 2016 and 2019. Her manuscript, Berth, was a finalist for the 2022 Marystina Santiestevan First Book Prize.
She holds an MFA from the Programs in Writing at the University of California, Irvine, where she was awarded the 2020 Graduate Award for Excellence in Poetry and the 2019 Nora Folkenflik Award for Excellence in Poetry. She also earned an MA in English from the University of California, Davis, where she was awarded the 2016 Elliot Gilbert Prize for Poetry. She has served as a reader and editor for Faultline and Nameless Magazine.
Her teaching has included university courses in composition and rhetoric, creative writing, and ESL, and she is currently working as an editor in digital marketing.