LARA NAUGHTON is an author and documentary playwright. Her work includes The Jaguar Man and Never Fight a Shark in Water: The Wrongful Conviction of Gregory Bright. She is a certified Compassion Cultivation Trainer through The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University School of Medicine; Director of CompassionNOLA; and Chair of Creative Writing at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. With more than twenty years teaching and facilitation experience, she has worked with students K-12 as well as adults, and leads workshops with individuals facing challenging circumstances, including homelessness, HIV/AIDS, wrongful conviction, incarceration, and torture. She often incorporates personal narrative writing into her classes, and assists individuals who wish to tell their own stories.