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Lauren Francis-Sharma, Assistant Director of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, is the author of Book of the Little Axe and ‘Til the Well Runs Dry, awarded the Honor Fiction Prize by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Lauren is a contributor to Marita Golden’s anthology, Us Against Alzheimer’s, and her more recent work can be found at ElectricLit.com, Barrelhouse.com and The Lily. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. A former corporate lawyer, Lauren is a MacDowell Fellow, the former owner of D.C. Writers Room, and is currently working on her third novel to be published by Grove/Atlantic.