Lauren Mackler is a curator and writer based in Los Angeles. In 2010, she founded Public Fiction, a forum for staging exhibitions, performances, and programs by contemporary artists and writers as well as a journal with a parallel mission in print. Mackler has organized Public Fiction exhibitions and catalogues at The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles (2012 & 2016), The Church of the Holy Shroud (via Artissima LIDO) in Turin, Italy (2012), the Berkeley Museum of Art (2013), Frieze Projects New York (2014), the Hammer Museum (2014), a bikini factory (2015), the MAK Center for Art and Architecture's Schindler House (2018), and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago (January 2019). 

She is currently the managing editor of Sublevel, CalArts’ literary magazine housed in MFA Creative Writing program of the School of Critical Studies, and has been on faculty at the School of Visual Arts in New York, the UCLA Graduate Department of Art, and Otis College of Art and Design. Mackler is a contributor to Artforum, art-agenda, and various other publications. In 2015, she was awarded the Rome Prize by the American Academy in Rome.