Author and performer Jillian Lauren grew up in suburban New Jersey and fled across the water to New York City. She attended New York University for three minutes before dropping out to work in downtown theater, where she performed with Richard Foreman's Ontological Hysteric Theater, among others. Her New York Times bestselling memoir, SOME GIRLS: My Life in a Harem, was published by Plume in April 2010. It has since been translated into 14 different languages.
Ms. Lauren has an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. Her writing has appeared in The Paris Review, the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Flaunt magazine, Opium magazine, Society, Pale House: A Collective, and in the anthology My First Time: A Collection of First Punk Show Stories.