About Lauren

Lauren Camp
photo by Bob Godwin

Poet and Performer

Writer and educator Lauren Camp works in the confluence of sound, psychology and language.

Her writing distills the world to an essence, a place full of longing, depth and, at times, great sadness. She carries the reader in carefully to see it, slowly revealing the layers.

Lauren is the author of three books of poetry, including One Hundred Hungers (Tupelo Press, 2016), which won the Dorset Prize. Her other two books are The Dailiness (Edwin E. Smith Publishing, 2013), winner of the National Federation of Press Women 2014 Poetry Book Prize and a World Literature TodayEditor’s Pick,” and This Business of Wisdom (West End Press, 2010).

She has been awarded residencies with the Gaea Foundation, Truchas Peaks Place, and the Mabel Dodge Luhan House. She has guest–edited a special anthology on the poetry of Iraq for Malpaís Review, and curated two special sections for World Literature Today (one on international jazz poetry, and the other on the intersection of contemporary visual art and poetry).

Lauren has a strong following for her creative writing workshops. She teaches through Santa Fe Community College, the O’Keeffe Museum’s Art and Leadership Program, and other venues around northern New Mexico. She also works one-on-one, mentoring individuals on memoir and poetry projects.

A long-time public radio producer, Lauren hosts “Audio Saucepan,” a spicy mash of border-defying jazz, Americana, contemporary classical and world music with interpretive readings of contemporary poetry.

Lauren is semi-retired from a successful career as a visual artist. Perhaps best known for her series, “The Fabric of Jazz,” which traveled to museums in ten cities. Lauren has artwork in cultural centers, hospitals, museums, U.S. embassies and other organizations around the world.

“I love the music of Lauren Camp’s poems…

…the alliteration and assonance, the layers of sound and imagery. I found my senses responding as well as my soul, as these poems are filled with experiences that left me exhilarated with longing.”

—Julie Brooks Barbour, Associate Editor, Connotation Press: An Online Artifact