Photo credit: Sarah Landis

Photo credit: Sarah Landis

About Lauren Acampora

Lauren Acampora's first novel, The Paper Wasp, was published by Grove Atlantic in June 2019. It’s been named a Best Summer Read by The New York Times Book Review, USA Today, Oprah Magazine, ELLE, Town & Country,, Daily Mail (UK), Tatler, Thrillist, and Publishers Weekly. It was also longlisted for The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize and nominated for the Kirkus Prize.

Her debut collection of linked stories, The Wonder Garden, was published by Grove in May 2015. It was named a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and an Indie Next selection, and was chosen as one of the best books of the year by Amazon and NPR. It won the GLCA New Writers Award and was a finalist for the New England Book Award. It was on the longlist for The Story Prize and nominated for the Kirkus Prize.

Lauren's short fiction and other writing has appeared in publications such as The Paris ReviewGuernica, New England Review, Missouri ReviewPrairie SchoonerAntioch Review, The New York Times Book Review, and LitHub. She graduated from Brown University, earned an MFA at Brooklyn College, and has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Ucross Foundation, Writers OMI International Residency, and the Ragdale Foundation. Lauren lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband, artist Thomas Doyle, and their daughter.

Author Lauren Acampora talks about her debut collection, THE WONDER GARDEN, and how moving to the suburbs has affected her and her husband's creativity.