Lauren Swift is a writer and editor in southern California. Her poems, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in or are forthcoming with journals including Cimarron Review, North American Review, Atlanta Review, The 2River View, The Rumpus, Birdcoat Quarterly, Utterance Journal, and Open: Journal of Arts & Letters. She was the recipient of Academy of American Poets Prizes in 2016 and 2019.

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 taught university courses in composition and rhetoric, creative writing, and ESL, and she is currently working as a Senior Editor at an SEO thought leadership marketing company. 

Her pup, Sir Beckett, is far more popular than she is. You can find him on Instagram here.