Lauren M. Hancock is a poet, artist, violinist, author and teacher from Melbourne, Australia. Her collection, 'Our Whimsical World: Illustrated Stories' was released in 2019, and her chapbook 'Keepsakes of Hope and Despair', a memoir-style collection, was published in 2021. Lauren regularly posts her poetry, spoken word and artwork on her author site - Lauren M. Hancock Poetry and Prose. Through her writings, she enjoys exploring the psyche, soul, and highlighting the spirit within. She has recently begun to collaborate with other poets and loves the opportunity to meld with their style and share her own individual style also. When not creating, Lauren enjoys exercising, community volunteer work, baking and spending time with her family.