Author and performer Jillian Lauren grew up in suburban New Jersey and fled across the water to New York City. She attended New York University for three minutes before dropping out to work in downtown theater, where she performed with Richard Foreman’s Ontological Hysteric Theater, among others.
She is the author of the novel, PRETTY, and of the New York Times bestselling memoir, SOME GIRLS: My Life in a Harem, both published by Plume/Penguin. SOME GIRLS has since been translated into fourteen different languages.
Jillian has an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. Her writing has appeared in The Paris Review, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Flaunt Magazine, Opium Magazine, Society, Pale House: A Collective and in the anthologies My First Time: A Collection of First Punk Show Stories and Tarnished: True Tales of Innocence Lost.
She has performed at spoken word and storytelling events across the country and has been interviewed on such television programs as The View, Good Morning America and Howard Stern. She was a featured dancer with the infamous Velvet Hammer Burlesque. As a performer, she has recently worked with directors as diverse as Robert Cucuzza, Steve Balderson, Lynne Breedlove, Austin Young, Michelle Carr and Margaret Cho.
Jillian recently premiered her solo performance piece, Mother Tongue, at the Steve Allen Theater in Los Angeles.
She regularly blogs at TODAY Moms and Jillianlauren.com.
Jillian is married to musician Scott Shriner. They live in Los Angeles with their son.
Mary Gaitskill, Sandra Cisneros, Nick Flynn, Allen Ginsberg, Denis Johnson, Ken Kesey, Albert Camus, Emily Dickinson, Anton Chekhov, Vladimir Nabokov
Pretty, from Plume 2011
Alexandra Machinist at The Linda Chester Agency
Foreign Rights: Whitney Lee at The Fielding Agency
Yoga, Ukulele, Knitting, Hiking, Snacks, Depressing Music
Amnesty International, Heifer International, The ACLU, KCRW
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