Lauren Becker

Location Oakland, California
Occupation Freelance writer/editor; health policy geek

About Me

I'm a girl. I write. I live in Oakland, California. I drive a blue car. I like edamame.

I am editor of Corium Magazine, which debuted in March 2010.

I'm too many things to fit in this box. I'm pretty open. Ask me.

Why do you write?

I love words.

Any favorite authors? Books?

A.M. Homes, Christine Schutt, Richard Russo, Alice Munro, Tobias Wolff, Kazuo Ishiguro, Mary Gaitskill, Aimee Bender, William Styron. Ellen Gilchrist, Tom Robbins.

Lauren Becker's Wall

Lavinia Ludlow – Jan 25, 2011

edamame. I can't have sushi without having a side of that. weird, huh?

Julie Innis – Oct 08, 2010

Lauren, thank you so much for your generous close-reading of House-Sitter. Much appreciated!

Estelle Bruno – Apr 28, 2010

this story braught back my teen age memories. So nice. thanks

Cynthia Reeser – Dec 01, 2009

Welcome to the Prick of the Spindle group! You should go start some mayhem over there. The good kind of mayhem.

Sam Rasnake – Nov 20, 2009

Thanks for reading my work, Lauren. And, I appreciate any comments you leave.

I understand your thoughts/questions about poetry. I'm trying to write - or insinuate... whatever the best term is - flash fiction. Lost ball in high weeds for me. But, I'm putting words on the page.

M.H. – Nov 08, 2009

Hi Lauren - Thanks so much for your kind words on "Three Dreamers"!

Brett Garcia Rose – Nov 05, 2009

Fantastic work, Lauren! I enjoyed all of your stories, and look forward to more.

Sarah Ciston – Oct 06, 2009

thanks much for the tips. finally added a story. let the slow accumulation begin!

David Erlewine – Oct 01, 2009

great, thanks for joining. lucky to have you.

David Erlewine – Oct 01, 2009

nice, nice piece in opium. the 145-day wait is assuredly worth it! just invited you to my workshoppy private group. it's invite only so things posted there shouldn't be considered public (and thus arguably published) as they could be viewed in the workshop group.

hope you'll join and post some good stuff.

Ryan W. Bradley – Sep 18, 2009

hi! i think you started it. but we can call it a convergence :)

Sarah Ciston – Sep 15, 2009

Thanks for the warm welcome!

Erin Fitzgerald – Sep 10, 2009

Thanks, Lauren. And you can definitely throw that football over them there mountains.

Ben Loory – Sep 06, 2009

hi lauren becker! i have no idea what's happening on this site, but i'm glad you liked my story! my car was black but now it's mostly dirt-colored.

Katrina Gray – Aug 31, 2009

Hi, Lauren. I dig your story on Wigleaf.

Thanks for the comments on "Sectioned," too. You got the last line--right on the money.

And now I look at your profile and see that you like Tom Robbins? Get out!

ABxx – Aug 02, 2009

Thank you, Lauren! You feedback on my story was most appreciated. I look forward to reading your work.

David Erlewine – Jul 18, 2009

finally tried edamame (from costco) -- will be eating/loving this stuff for months...

Roxane Gay – May 10, 2009

Hey Lauren! I didn't even know this place existed until last night when a PANK submitter sent me an invitation. But now, I'm on board. Yay!

Rachel Yoder – May 06, 2009

Hey lauren, thanks for your comment on The Four Seasons.

Alan Rossi – May 01, 2009

i got it, barry. not too many nots. i feel there is a theme of strange good comments on your wall, lauren, and i don't want to screw that up. sam pink wants to hug you and sit in your lap. so does meg pokrass. barry graham asked a zen-like question about favorite writers. and i want to steal your work, which maybe is less strange and more just reasonable, i don't know. this is fun.

barry graham – May 01, 2009

"favorite writers don’t have to be on lists to be favorites. would you please write something not weird on my wall sometime?"

you don't not have to write something not weird on someone's wall for it to not actually be not weird. is that too many nots or did you get it?

barry graham – Apr 26, 2009

if a writers name appears on your favorite authors list. what has to happen in order for them to be removed? did they write something horrible?

M.H. – Apr 22, 2009

Thanks Lauren for your comments on Punch Patty. I'm glad you laughed!

David Aichenbaum – Apr 07, 2009

thanks lauren. my fictionaut activity will skyrocket come summertime when i get back from europe and life returns to normal. congrats on five star!

Ethel Rohan – Apr 05, 2009

Hi Lauren,

Thanks so much for taking the time to read "Cracking Open" and to comment. See you soon!

David Aichenbaum – Mar 29, 2009

ok ok, something's up now -- would have earlier but i've been playing host to many visiting persons for the past two weeks, kept me busy

Kim Chinquee – Mar 28, 2009

Thanks for the nice comments on my story, Lauren. I used to drive a blue car too. And I still like edamame.

Heather Fowler – Mar 27, 2009

There is a hi-lar-ious lap-sitting dialogue going on here! Who knew? Had I known, I would have come sooner. :) Just stopping by to say hi and that you are a hep cat, lady! I need to call you. xoxo, H

Lauren Becker – Mar 26, 2009

meg -- you can sit on my lap at awp, though you apparently might have to fight sam p for it ... does this mean you're promising to go?!

Meg Pokrass – Mar 26, 2009

Next AWP can i sit on your lap?

Daniel Crocker – Mar 24, 2009

I'm glad my story made you smile. Thanks! Hope all is well.

Alan Rossi – Mar 21, 2009

i just read the hamburger story. great stuff. can't wait to get to more of yours. and thanks for commenting on 3 miss. fictions.

James Robison – Mar 15, 2009

Yep,I'm an idiot and I did confuse my reactions/responses to two correspondents and I can't believe I did that. (It's a first for me.)Your work is profoundly different from just about anything and profound to boot. Nice of you to be so nice about it.

sam pink – Feb 14, 2009

hey i just realized i met you at awp. you are nice. thanks for being nice to me. i wanted to sit in your lap and give you a hug but some people hit me when i do that.

barry graham – Feb 09, 2009

it said you changed your pic. i thought this one been up there.

Jared Ward – Jan 28, 2009

hey midget, erase is still fantastic. best piece in that ML issue, and there were several excellent works. barry should be on your list. get on it.

Molly Gaudry – Jan 25, 2009

Hi Lauren, speaking of AWP...

Jason Behrends, of What to Wear During an Orange Alert, presents:

Special Orange Alert AWP Reading

Wednesday, February 11, 2009
7:30 p.m.

Blake Butler
Barry Graham
S. Craig Renfroe
Stephanie Kuehnert
Jason Jordan
John Domini
Allison Eir Jenks
Peter Schwartz
Ben Tanzer
Molly Gaudry

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Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 293-2665

barry graham – Jan 22, 2009

i have no idea why im not on your list of favorite authors. really.

David Erlewine – Jan 13, 2009

hola! i could have sworn you were already on here!

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