Lauren Kirshner has published fiction, non-fiction, poems, and reviews in journals such as The Toronto Star, Now, and Exile. She has received the Arthur Irwin Award for Distinction in Journalism, the Eden Mills Literary Festival prize for short fiction, and two Hart House poetry awards. She is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto’s creative writing MA program, where she was mentored by Margaret Atwood. Her debut novel, where we have to go (McClelland & Stewart), has been well-received and will appear soon in German translation. Kirshner lives in Toronto, where she is involved with The Parkdale Street Writers, an inner-city creative writing initiative.