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Jillian Lauren

“I entered the MFA program ready to change, ready to grow. I think that if you step into the program with that kind of openness, there is exceptional guidance available… I am so grateful for my MFA experience at AULA. It was transformative for me as a writer, mostly because my mentors were so exceptional.”

Jillian is a performer, author, and blogger whose work includes the New York Times bestselling memoir “Some Girls: My Life in a Harem,” the novel “Pretty,” and articles for the Paris Review, the New York Times, Vanity Fair, and Los Angeles Magazine. Jillian’s interests include Argentine tango dance, unapologetic mom-blogging, and running a marathon someday.

Antioch Voices- Elizabeth Baxmeyer

International Day of Forests

“If you love a tree, you will be more beautiful than before!” – Amit Ray.

This year, the theme for the International Day of Forests, “Forests and Health,” is an invitation and an opportunity to reflect on what these expansive ecosystems do for us and how we can, in turn, serve them through conservation, species preservation, mindful nutrition, and ecological awareness.

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