Lauren Forner is the fiction, poetry and experimental forms editor at Mona Magazine, a magazine founded in 2020 that explores the female experience in rural Australia. She has been awarded various prizes for her published short stories and published a collection of poetry, Parts of a Whole, in 2021. Lauren has over a decade of experience teaching English literature and creative writing to teenagers, adults and children and reads like her life depends on it. She is perpetually completing her Masters in Creative Writing and, like all diligent writers, working on the elusive novel. Lauren currently lives on Wiradjuri Country in the Riverina, New South Wales, and dedicates most of her waking hours to her work in public mental health.