Lauren Magnussen





About Me
I live in Virginia and am currently a Production Editor at Mascot Books, where I work on the entire book publishing process with authors, from the manuscript stage to the printed product. Before that, I was the Press Coordinator and Webmaster at NextStop Theatre Company, where I published articles for local magazines, wrote press releases, ran the theatre's website, and helped execute the performances of diverse plays and musicals at one of Northern Virginia's professional theatre companies. Currently pursuing a master's degree with a concentration in Appalachian and Southern Studies, I love nothing more than to explore this state and the American South, particularly its rural landscapes and small towns. I long for a little office at a university and a room just for books. Sometimes I dream in cartoons, and my role model is Nancy Drew. In another life, I hope I studied earthquakes in Longyearbyen, and my favorite famous (apocryphal) last words are those of Oscar Wilde: "Either this wallpaper goes or I do."

My Passions

A love of the art and substance of the English language started early in life and

was a skill that I sought to enhance and embrace from a young age, and which I

proved to excel in during my entire life. (My first short story, about the last moments

of a melting ice cream cone's life, was my first - weird, almost existential - literary contribution.) 

Researching, writing, analyzing, and copywriting form the backbone of my knowledge, 

and I have spent all of my life working on editing and writing projects. That said, I thrive in all

different types of environments: behind the curtain, in an office, with my boots on the ground

as a political activist, and in the academic solace of a dusty library. Experiencing these myriad worlds

gave me an appreciation of the hard work and dedication that it takes to manage time (and sanity)

in any situation.

The visual and aesthetic aspects of the world, expressed in photography, film, and theatre, are a core part of my life. Their ability to motivate, prompt people to action, and create change is what gives these arts their pulse and power, and is why the genres fill in the nooks and cracks of my life. Our world is increasingly dominated by the visual medium, and it's essential to move with the future - while not forgetting the past. 


To use the written word to spark change, to educate, and to empower. I seek not just a career, but a life devoted to engaging others in dialogues that work for the public good. I believe in the power of communication and language to get things done. I throw myself into every job to make sure that it is better than when I began it. 

"Sometimes, I dream in cartoons."

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