Lauren O’Neill-Butler is a mother, writer, editor, and educator based in Queens, New York. She is a cofounder of November magazine and her criticism and non-fiction have appeared in publications ranging from Art Journal to The New York Times. From 2008 to 2019 she was a senior editor at Artforum. She has written numerous features, columns, and exhibition reviews since 2005 and has published over 150 interviews with artists, filmmakers, and other luminaries.

She holds graduate degrees in art history and philosophy, and has been a visiting critic at Cooper Union, Stony Brook University, USC, Yale University, and the University of Chicago. She is a part-time faculty member at the New School and has previously taught courses at Hunter College, the School of Visual Arts, and RISD.