Hello, I'm Lauren.
I tell stories, real and imagined.
What Sonic Understands About Fast Food • The Takeout
This Enchanting LA Apartment Was the Home of Mae West • Architectural Digest
How Endangered Are Monarch Butterflies? • Times Union Hudson Valley
Featured Creative Nonfiction
A Big Life • Autofocus
Madame Sherri • Narratively
The Harvey Girls & Me • INTO
Joey Button • New Reader Magazine
So Very Silently • Goats Milk Magazine
That Marie • Sweet Tree Review
PS I Love You
About Lauren Harkawik.
In the act of creating all of my writing — fiction, non-fiction, journalism, children's writing, poems — I'm seeking a deeper understanding of the world around me and the world within me. I seek that deeper understanding through joyful explorations of real-life things like nature and food history, and made-up things like monsters and kid detectives.
My journalistic work falls into several categories: food, culture, science, design, and news. I'm a regular contributor to The Takeout, where I explore food and culture; Architectural Digest, where I write about design; Times Union Hudson Valley, where I write about science, nature, and culture; and The Deerfield Valley News, where I cover news topics and write profiles of businesses and people.
In creative nonfiction, I am drawn to profiles, narrative history writing, and works that embody self exploration. My autobiographical creative nonfiction work has been published in Salt Hill and Autofocus. I'm really proud of this Narratively piece about a fascinating historical figure named Madame Sherri, who was local to my region of Vermont. In 2021, I blended history writing and autobiographical writing for INTO, in a piece titled, "The Harvey Girls and Me."
In fiction writing, I'm drawn to the humorous and bizarre, but I also hold space for work that reflects the poignancy of everyday and coming-of-age experiences. My fiction has been published in New Reader Magazine, Goats Milk Magazine, and Sweet Tree Review. In 2021, my short story, "Joey Button," which was originally published in New Reader Magazine, was distributed worldwide in Short Édition's short story dispensers. In the realm of fiction, I'm currently seeking representation for a middle grade novel about a girl detective.
I'm based in southern Vermont, where I live with my husband and two young daughters. When I'm not writing, I love exploring New England's small towns, traveling beyond New England, learning new cooking techniques, and spending time in nature.