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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.  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 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: lsmall2@jhmi.edu



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The Right to Write about Patients

 Can caregivers write about their patients? Should they? Are there guidelines? "The Right to Write about Patients": Hopkins Medicine.

"On Being": American Public Radio

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

Wolf Constellation: A New Novel forthcoming in 2018 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 at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD run by Dr. Lauren Small. The program meet monthly and is open on a drop-in basis to all caregivers. Dr. Small also proivdes narrative medicine programming to fellows, residents, and other dedicated groups. For more information, including a schedule of upcoming sessions, or to bring AfterWards to your hospital or institution, please contact Lauren Small: lsmall2@jhmi.edu.


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. 

Narrative Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital

Narrative medicine provides a diverse group of caregivers with new ways to connect with their patients and each other at Johns Hopkins Hospital. "From Kafka to Kendrick Lamar": Hopkins Medicine.

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