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Lauren Scharhag

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in Kansas City, MO, The United States
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Lauren Scharhag is a writer of fiction and poetry. Her work has appeared in multiple magazines and anthologies. She is a Broke Bohemian Editor's Choice poet, the recipient of the Door is a Jar Award and the Gerard Manley Hopkins Award for poetry, and a fellowship from Rockhurst University for fiction. A recent transplant to the Florida Panhandle, she lives with her husband and three cats.

Be sure to check out her blog for short stories, excerpts, and other writings.


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Lauren Scharhag That's a great question. No one's ever asked me that before, so I really had to mull it over. I write across multiple genres, including kid's books,…moreThat's a great question. No one's ever asked me that before, so I really had to mull it over. I write across multiple genres, including kid's books, so I really had to stop and think about what all my works had in common. I would say that my ideal reader has to love people. All of my works are absolutely character-driven. I like big casts of characters, I like complex characters. I like lots of dialogue, a lot of emphasis on interaction, backstory and motivation. So some sensibilities my ideal reader would bring to the table would be a love of conversation, a love of observing individual gestures as well as group dynamics.

Another thing my work has in common is that I tend to be very sympathetic to the villains/antagonists. I feel a deep compassion for even my most evil characters because I believe they are, ultimately, tragic figures. So my ideal reader would share that compassion and maybe even believe, as I do, that bad guys are made, not born.

Finally, the thread running through all my work, including poetry, is my deep love of language. My ideal reader will notice and appreciate the care I put into crafting my sentences, in my choice of allusions and imagery.

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Lauren Scharhag I have two major projects in the works right now. Going Forth by Day-- the fourth and final book of the Order of the Four Sons series, which I…moreI have two major projects in the works right now. Going Forth by Day-- the fourth and final book of the Order of the Four Sons series, which I co-author with Coyote Kishpaugh. My solo project is a new literary novel called Black Antler Farm. (less)
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Our Miss Engel

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West Side Girl & Other Poems

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La Tutayegua

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Hello, friends! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Is there any better time to curl up with a good book than late fall/early winter? I think not.

Here are some new places you can read my work this month:


My poems "Morels" and "The Call Box" appeared in The Rockvale Review.


Three poems, "Hirsute Woman," "High Water Lines," and "Varanasi" appeared in Voice of Eve.


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E.E. Cummings
“listen: there’s a hell
of a good universe next door; let’s go”
E.E. Cummings

Joseph Brodsky
“For a writer, only one form of patriotism exists: his attitude toward language.”
Joseph Brodsky

Walt Whitman
“O, to be a ruler of life-- not a slave, To meet life as a powerful conqueror, No fumes-- no ennui-- no more complaints or scornful criticisms. O me repellent and ugly, O to these proud laws of the air, the water and the ground, proving my interior Soul impregnable, And nothing exterior shall ever take command of me.”
Walt Whitman

Tom Waits
“Now its raining its pouring
the old man is snoring
now I lay me down to sleep
I hear the sirens in the street
all my dreams are made of chrome
I have no way to get back home
I’d rather die before I wake
like Marilyn Monroe
and throw my dreams out in
the street and the
rain make ‘em grow”
Tom Waits

Charles Bukowski
“there is a place in the heart that
will never be filled

a space

and even during the
best moments
and
the greatest times
times

we will know it

we will know it
more than
ever

there is a place in the heart that
will never be filled
and

we will wait
and
wait

in that space.”
Charles bukowski

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Lauren Scharhag s.penkevich wrote: "Thank you so much for the friend request! Looking forward to discussing books with you."

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Thank YOU for accepting! I look forward to checking out your work.


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