Lauren Foley (she/her) is Irish/Australian and a Next Generation Artist in Literature with the Arts Council of Ireland. Lauren is bisexual, chronically ill and disabled. She has a plethora of health issues including: Lupus (SLE), endometriosis and mental illness. The majority of her writing is dictated.
Lauren won the inaugural Overland Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize and The Los Angeles Review, Creative Nonfiction Award. Her work has been shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards and is published in the critically acclaimed The Art of the Glimpse: 100 Irish Short Stories selected by Sinéad Gleeson.
She worked for many years as a university teacher in Ireland, the UK and Australia. Similarly, she is an experienced writing mentor and editor, creative and academic, with a passion for facilitating learning and disseminating knowledge. She is an Editorial Assistant with Overland and a Guest Editor with The Masters Review.
Polluted Sex—Lauren’s debut short story collection—is currently shortlisted for The Barbellion Prize. It is published by Influx Press in the UK and Ireland and is forthcoming from MidnightSun Publishing in Australia and New Zealand, 2023.