Lauren Rhoades lives in Jackson, Mississippi where she is the director of grants at the Mississippi Arts Commission and a host of the Mississippi Arts Hour. In 2022, Lauren founded Rooted Magazine, an online publication dedicated to telling unfiltered stories about what it means to call Mississippi home.

Lauren’s essays, reviews, and editorials have been published in various literary journals and outlets, including the Southwest Review, the Mississippi Books Page, and Jackson Free Press.┬áJami Attenberg chose Lauren’s essay as runner up in phoebe’s 2022 spring nonfiction contest. Lauren was the recipient of a 2019 Tent Fellowship at the Yiddish Book Center, a finalist for the 2020 Indiana Review Creative Nonfiction Prize, and a finalist for the 2020 Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards. Lauren received her MFA from the Mississippi University for Women.

Prior to her work with the Arts Commission, Lauren was the director of the Eudora Welty House & Garden, a literary house museum and National Historic Landmark.