Lauri Mattenson

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Lauri Mattenson has been teaching writing to undergraduates and training graduate instructors at the University of California, Los Angeles for twenty years. Her website,, offers motivational articles for teachers and students as well as personal essays inspired by the main theme of “Trusting the Body to Teach the Mind.” During the summer, she represents the UCLA faculty in a series of welcome speeches for incoming freshmen Orientation groups totaling over 6,000 students. Previous publications have appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Mother Company, The Jewish Journal (“Finding my Place in History: A Love Letter for Father’s Day”; “Small Steps on NewGround for Muslims and Jews”), Massage Magazine, Turning Wheel: The Journal of Socially Engaged Buddhism, Bruinlink, and The Daily Bruin. Her ebook, BACKBONE: A BodyMind Breakthrough, illustrated by Arnel Baluyot with foreword by Darren Levine of Krav Maga Worldwide, is currently available on Amazon.