Lauren Zuniga is an internationally touring poet, activist & teaching artist. She is the author of two poetry collections, The Nickel Tour (Penmanship Books, 2009) and The Smell of Good Mud (Write Bloody, 2012), a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award. Her work has been featured on Upworthy, MoveOn.Org, BoingBoing, Autostraddle & Everyday Feminism. She is a three time national slam finalist and one of the top ranked female slam poets in the world. She has performed in over 200 schools and universities as well as prisons, shelters, churches, train stations and even on a city bus. In 2012, she served as Activist-In-Residence at the University of Oklahoma and was voted Best Local Author by the Oklahoma Gazette. She currently works as the Director of Literary Arts at SixTwelve Community Center and lives with her partner, two kids & dog in a house named Persimmon.