Lauren Williams was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia; she now resides in the town of Maldon, in central Victoria. She began writing poetry in the early 1980s, and has performed her work nationally and internationally. She's been an editor (Going Down Swinging), publisher (Big Bang), reviewer (ABR), convenor (La Mama Poetica), and teacher (RMIT) of poetry. Lauren's fifth collection, Cleanskin Poems, was published by Island Press Co-operative in 2016. She has a BA in Spanish language from La Trobe university. She is also a prize-winning singer/songwriter.