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Lauren Eggert-Crowe was born and raised in rural Pennsylvania and now lives in Los Angeles, where she is the reviews editor of TROP. She has written essays, book reviews, interviews, and cultural reportage for Salon, The Rumpus, The Nervous Breakdown, and L.A. Review of Books. Her poetry appears in Sixth Finch, Maintenant, Interrupture, Puerto Del Sol, DIAGRAM,, OccupyWriters, and Berfrois, among others. Her poetry has also been set to music, in "Diary of a Black Widow," a multisectional song setting by contemporary composer Christopher Pratorius, which premiered with the Santa Cruz Chamber Players in 2010.

She is the author of two poetry chapbooks: In The Songbird Laboratory, from Dancing Girl Press, and The Exhibit, from Hyacinth Girl Press. For eleven years, she published the literary feminist 'zine, Galatea's Pants, which Microcosm Publishing named one of the Top 100 'Zines by Women, and which was featured in the textbook, Girls' Studies by Elline Lipkin. Galatea's Pants was included in the San Jose Museum of Art's "Art of 'Zines" exhibit in 2004 and can be found in many 'zine libraries across the country.

Lauren earned an MFA in Creative Writing from The University of Arizona.

She was voted Best Poet of Santa Cruz in the Santa Cruz Weekly Awards in 2010 and 2011.

Photo credit: Jason Gutierrez