St. Lauren, a.k.a. Eileen Stringer is an award winning Photo Journalist, News, Feature Writer originally from Petal, Mississippi,
with over 80 publications within the news, television, and radio industries. She now lives outside of Boston, Massachusetts,
near the mouth of Cape Cod in a golden neighborhood where 100+ years ago Henry David Thoreau and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
planted trees and composed when it was Thoreau's grandfather's cow farm.
Eileen is a Southern literary writer in the tradition of~~Flannery O'Connor, William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Reynolds Price,
Willie Morris, and Harper Lee.
Her beautiful voice makes her an excellent reader of her own work.
is an honor graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. While in Nebraska, she was a Commentator on Nebraska Public
Radio Network as Mississippi Blue. She was a three-year student of the now-late distinguished poet and writer, Charles
Edward Eaton, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also attended The Washington Center, Duke University, and Kansas
Newman College's, The Milton Center. The now-lates Reynolds Price, William "Bill" Styron, and music legend Ray Charles (Robinson)
were among her first encouragers. Anne Tyler was a kind voice of support to Eileen as well. Her favorite poet is mentor-friend,
and 6th Poet Laureate of the United States, Richard Purdy Wilbur.
"The Antigonish Review" published her first short story, "MOZELLA." "Big City Lit.," a New York City on-line literary magazine
published her second, "GLORY, ANANIAS."
The now-late Charles Edward Eaton wrote of Eileen's fiction, "Practically the Daughter of Faulkner...the Dickens of American
literature. Her work is characterized by brilliance of expression, vivacity, wit, and, a rare quality these days, compassion.
I believe she is in the line of the great Southern writers, Faulkner, Welty, etc."
Purdy Wilbur writes, "An Heiress of Eudora Welty...I have found her fiction sprightly, original, comic, and rather wild
in a Southern romantic vein."
you be in the presence of angels and out of the reach of the Enemy."
"Glory, Ananias," can be read in the spring 2007 issue of "Big City Lit.," a New York City on-line literary magazine by clicking
former New York Times Deputy Book Reviewer, Times Books Editor-in-Chief, organizer of the Maui Writer's
Conference and owner of Hawaii's only literary agency wrote: “Eileen St. Lauren is an author as passionately committed
to her writing and her writer’s vision as anyone we have come across. She is deeply rooted in her Southern literary
tradition. Yet her imagination is original and nothing if not fertile and prolific. She cannot not be a writer. Eileen surely
has a firm future as a professional writer.”
Anne Tyler wrote in a letter to Eileen of her
first NPR reading of "My Neighbor," "Pure and original. A natural-born Writer. Have you ever considered becoming an Actress?"
During 2008-2011, Eileen was without full
sight. She believes that from light to darkness then back to the light made her a more sensitive human being and writer.
Although she did not regain her full sight back, she is thankful for an "open window of light" in each eye.
In 2011, when Eileen traveled to South Mississippi
with her beautiful sister, Janie, to design family tombstones (including her own) their cousin, Elvis, took
them to a Mississippi recording studio where her first demo CD, Goodlife, Mississippi, My Neighbor,
Currently, Eileen is polishing her first
novel before she shops it to literary agents and / or submits it to publishers.