Lauren K Carlson explores issues of human spirituality and rural life in her writing. She has published poetry, creative non-fiction, essay and devotional literature. She holds an M.A. in English Literature from Grand Valley State University and a certificate in spiritual direction from North Park Theological Seminary. She has twice been awarded an individual artist grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council, has been the recepient of a Writer's Residency with the Collegeville Institute and is the producer of Pioneer Public Television's web series "Poems from the Field. She is a founding member of the public art project, "The Milan Listening House" and resides in rural Dawson, Mn.