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, the Mississippi Books Page, Jackson Free Press, and the Clarion Ledger.  Lauren is working on a collection of essays about family, 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.