Lauren K. Watel is a poet, fiction writer, essayist, and translator. She has recently published prose poems in journals such as The Paris Review, The Nation, Tin House Online, Narrative, The Massachusetts Review, and Antioch Review, as well as an essay about the work of Toi Derricotte in Birmingham Poetry Review. Her poems, short fiction, and translations have appeared in Ploughshares, Five Points, TriQuarterly, Poetry International, Colorado Review, and The Collected Poems of Marcel Proust, among other journals. Her work has won awards from Poets and Writers, Mississippi Review, and Moment magazine. Watel holds an MA in creative writing from Hollins College and a PhD in women's studies from Emory University.