Lauren Rhoades lives in Jackson, Mississippi where she is the director of the Eudora Welty House & Garden and a low-residency MFA student at the Mississippi University for Women. Lauren’s fiction, book reviews, essays, and editorials have been published in various literary journals and outlets, including the Southwest Review, the Mississippi Books Page, and Jackson Free Press. Her work has been nominated for Best of the Net, and she is the recipient of a 2019 Tent Fellowship at the Yiddish Book Center. Currently, Lauren is working on a collection of essays about daughterhood, identity, and religion.

Prior to her work at the Welty House, Lauren founded and operated Sweet & Sauer, Mississippi’s first fermentation company. Her kimchi received a 2018 Southern Living Food Award.