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I am a writer and novelist with strong interests in social justice, narrative medicine, and the history of psychiatry. I earned a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, have Master's degrees in both French and German, and have traveled the globe. I have taught college classes in French, German, English, literature, composition, and creative writing. Currently I am adjunct associate professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Maryland University College, where the vast majority of my students are U.S. military, active duty and veterans. I am also a guest contributor to the "On Being" blog of American Public Radio and a Pushcart Prize nominee.

I hold an appointment as assistant professor in pediatrics in the Children's Center at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD, where I co-direct AfterWards, a program in narrative medicine. I am  founder and editor-in-chief of Bridle Path Press, a small, boutique, literary cooperative, which has published novels, short story collections, and poetry collections. I have presented my work at numerous national and regional conferences and have co-authored a handbook on writing.

In addition to a novel, Choke Creek, I have published articles, essays, short stories, and profiles. I live in Baltimore, where my dog, Pandora, makes sure that I don't spend too much time working and that I get out to ramble in the beautiful Maryland woods. This website will provide you with a snapshot of my work, past, current, and forthcoming. Welcome.

Contact: lcsmall@comcast.net



What's New

"On Being": American Public Radio

 Read Lauren Small's contributions to American Public Radio's "On Being" blog.

Wolf Constellation: A New Novel forthcoming from Lauren Small

Fourteen-year-old Anna Glanz has stopped speaking, and it’s up to Dr. Gus Thaler of the Phipps Psychiatric Clinic to find out why. Thaler’s search to cure Anna takes him deep into the past, to a mystical rabbi-healer who once exorcised a spirit from Anna’s grandmother. But ultimately as Anna lies dying, her daughter uncovers the secret that even now Anna cannot bring herself to tell.

Written by the Pushcart Prize-nominated author of Choke Creek, Wolf Constellation delivers a gripping tale of mothers and daughters, guilt and forgiveness. Like the wolf that haunts Anna’s dreams, the novel is wild, fantastical, and darkly mysterious. Through an epic story that crosses generations, Lauren Small brilliantly captures the forces that make us who we are—and are so difficult to escape.


AfterWards is a program in Narrative Medicine run by Dr. Benjamin Oldfield and Dr. Lauren Small that meets on a monthly basis in the Charlotte Bloomberg Children's Center at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. The program is open on a drop-in basis to all caregivers. For more information, including a schedule of upcoming sessions, or to bring AfterWards to your hospital or institution, please contact Lauren Small: lcsmall@comcast.net


The 90 Year Divide

 Nearly a century ago, rival approaches to psychiatry fractured the profession.  The Grand Argument is far from over.  An article by Lavinia Edmunds and Lauren Small in Johns Hopkins Magazine. 

A Novel Approach to History

 Teachers--with Choke Creek you can:

     -----Change the way your students think about history.
     -----Show them why social justice matters.
     -----Engage them in primary sources.
     -----Bring Native American history alive.
                 click here to learn more

English and Creative Writing Classes

Dr. Lauren Small, adjunct associate professor of English at the University of Maryland University College, offers English and creative writing classes.  See the UMUC catalogue for the college's latest schedules and offerings.

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