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Lauren Mauldin is a creative nonfiction MFA candidate at the University of California Riverside, and editor at The Plaid Horse magazine. She has recently completed her first book, Animalistic, a memoir about losing her husband to an opiate overdose when she was thirty-years-old.


Keto Crash

Last week, I dreamt I was eating a bagel. Not a New York bagel, the outside crisp and sprinkled with poppy seeds, toasted flakes of onion and tiny, square cubes of salt. No, the dense, bready pre-sliced kind you buy in plastic bags. It was the closest I got to bread in a week. …Read more


“The Colors of His Addiction” at the Los Angeles Times

The first time I saved my husband’s life, his face was the color of saturated denim. I found him curled on the floor, body fighting itself. Limbs constricted, shoulders twitching, he snorted desperately as his lungs gasped for oxygen.

I yelled his name, shook his arm, slapped his face. The sputtering sound came less…Read more