Lauren Salerno is a writer and literary organizer. She currently sits on the board for the Los Angeles Science Fiction Short Story Awards. She is the co-creator and, up until 2017, the curator of Shades & Shadows, a speculative fiction nonprofit and event series. Her writing has been featured in the East Jasmine Review, the Los Angeles Times, xoJane, mitú and The Rattling Wall. She can be found on most social media platforms @Paranormalauren.