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Lauren Markham

Lauren Markham is a writer based in Berkeley, California. Her book, “The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life” was named a 2017 New York Times Critics’ Pick, was awarded the Northern California Book Award, the Ridenhour Prize, and the California Book Award Silver Medal, and was longlisted for a Pen America Literary Award and shortlisted for the Lukas Prize and the LA Times Book Prize. A YA-adapted version of her book called “The Far Away Brothers: Two Teenage Immigrants Making a Life in America” is forthcoming this August. Her fiction and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in outlets such as Narrative, Orion, Harper’s, The New Republic, Guernica, Freeman’s, The New York Review of Books, Longreads, The American Literary Review, and VQR, where she is a contributing editor. She teaches writing in the M.F.A. programs at the University of San Francisco and Ashland University, and is an administrator at Oakland International High School. She has spent more than a decade working with immigrant youth in California.

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This speaker is scheduled to appear on our Children & Family stages at the Outdoor Fair

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2018 - Beyond Borders: Powerful Writers on Immigration