Lauren Carter is the author of the novel Swarm, named a CBC Top 40 book that could change Canada, and the poetry collection Lichen Bright. Her writing has won and been longlisted for the Prairie Fire Contest, the ROOM Poetry Prize, and CBC’s Literary Prizes, and one of her stories was selected for Best Canadian Stories 15. In 2015, she received the Manitoba Arts Council’s Major Arts Award. Following Sea, a poetry collection, and This Has Nothing To Do With You, a novel, will be out in 2019. She’s currently working on a third novel at her home in St. Andrews.