Lauren Carter I grew up in Blind River, Ontario, Canada, a small town halfway between Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury, and began publishing poetry in Canadian literary journals at the age of 18.

While studying English and Cultural Studies at Trent University, I started freelancing for the Arthur, the student newspaper, before placing essays in Adbusters and the Globe and Mail.

Since then, my fiction, non-fiction articles, poetry, and essays have appeared in a diverse range of print and online publications, including Grain, Prairie Fire, CV2, Descant, The Puritan, Canadian Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Food in Canada, Edible Toronto, Simcoe Business, Herizons, This Magazine, the Toronto Star, and many others. For more on my freelance work, please visit

In 2005, my first collection of poetry, Lichen Bright, was published by Your Scrivener Press, a Sudbury-based publisher that focuses on writers with Northeastern Ontario roots. The collection was long-listed for the ReLit Award and called “a stunning debut” by Kim Fahner, reviewing for the Canadian Book Review Annual.

In 2011, I earned an MFA in Creative Writing through the University of Guelph. During my time there, I had the incredible privilege of working with writer Susan Swan as my mentor and thesis advisor.

In October 2010, I defended (an earlier draft of) Swarm as my thesis and, several drafts later, the novel was picked up by Brindle & Glass. It was released in September 2013 to terrific reviews and was voted one of the Top 40 novels that could change Canada during the run-up to Canada Reads 2014.

My writing has been long-listed for the CBC Poetry Prize and short-listed for several awards including THIS Magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt and the Malahat Review‘s Far Horizon’s Award for Short Fiction. I’ve also won first prize in the Prairie Fire Fiction contest and ROOM Magazine’s poetry competition.

In January 2013, during the coldest winter in 20 years, my husband and I and our asthmatic cat of an undetermined age moved to The Pas, Manitoba, where we adopted Mowat, a rescue pup living on the street at three-months-old in minus-40 degree weather.

I’m now at work on my second novel and a collection of short stories and have completed a collection of poetry. Every Thursday, I blog about my life, my thoughts, my work, and assorted other topics, while also giving a stage to other Canadian writers once monthly in the Firelight Interview Series.

I’m represented by Samantha Haywood, at the Transatlantic Agency.

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