News & Events

Coming Up

Writing Workshops

June 2 to June 5

Tupelo Truchas Poetry Conference
In Truchas, NM
Four days of intensive workshops with Jeffrey Levine,
Veronica Golos, Maggie Smith and Lauren Camp

June 7 to June 28

From Wild Mind to Experience: Writing in All Directions
Wednesday afternoons in Santa Fe, NM
More info on Lauren’s Workshop page…

Reading

June 11 — 10am

Sunday Chatter
Las Puertas
1512 1st St NW (Albuquerque, NM)
Featured poet

 

Highlights From the Past

The Innisfree Poetry Bookstore + Cafe

When: April 2017
Where: Boulder, CO
What: Reading with Jennifer Foerster
and Carolina Ebeid

International Studies Institute
University of New Mexico

When: April 2017
Where: Albuquerque, NM
What: Discovering Baghdad presentation and reading

Georgetown University
Washington, DC

When: March 2017
What: Reading co-sponsored by the Center for Jewish Civilization and the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies

George Washington University
Washington, DC

When: March 2017
What: Reading

Bad Mouth Reading Series

When: January 2017
Where: Albuquerque, New Mexico

The Open Bard Series

When: December 2016
Where: Sherbino Theatre, Ridgway, Colorado

Mark Allen Everett Poetry Series

When: October 2016
Where: Mainsite Gallery, Norman, Oklahoma

The Neustadt Festival

When: October 2016
Where: University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma
What: Intergenerational Writing Workshop with co-instructor Oklahoma Poet Laureate emeritus Nathan Brown

University of Oklahoma,
Norman, Oklahoma

When: October 2016
What: Discovering Baghdad (Lecture and Reading)

Oklahoma Baptist University
Shawnee, Oklahoma

When: October 2016
What: Reading

Muse Times Two

When: June 2016
Where: The Collected Works, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Who: Crystal Williams and Lauren Camp

Four Writers Writing The Landscape

What: Authors Lauren Camp, Joan Logghe, Anne Hillerman and David Grant Noble
When: August 2011

“The Antigone Project”

What: Poetry performance in collaboration with Theaterwork's production of Jean Anouilh's “Antigone”
When: April 2011

 

Latest News

Revisiting the Neustadt Festival

Lauren took One Hundred Hungers to numerous venues and audiences in Oklahoma this autumn. She was invited back to the marvelous Neustadt Festival to offer a talk on the new book and to co-lead an intergenerational writing workshop with state Poet Laureate Emeritus Nathan Brown.

Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee also corralled her to present on the themes of One Hundred Hungers.

Though One Hundred Hungers tells the story of a diaspora from Baghdad, Lauren has a strong connection to Oklahoma. Her grandmother was born in Lawton in 1911, and lived in Tulsa for all of her 94 years.

Teaching and Reading at Arab-American Literary Conference

RAWI, a non-profit literary organization dedicated to creative and scholarly writing by Arab-Americans, and the journal Mizna, devoted to promoting Arab-American culture, are coming together to present the 6th National RAWI Mizna Lit Gathering.

During the three days of performances, readings, workshops and panels, Lauren Camp read from her new book, One Hundred Hungers and lead a workshop on writing in the ancient form of the pantoum.

The RAWI + Mizna Lit Gathering took place at Open Book in Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 16 through 18.

One Hundred Hungers Travels to Cyprus

Iraqi scholar and professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Waterloo, Dr. Lamees Al Ethari presented “Excavating Iraqiness in Lauren Camp’s Poetry” at the 10th International Auto/Biography Association (IABA) Conference. The 2016 conference theme was “Excavating Lives.” Presenters “consider life writing within the context of liminal spaces, borders, and hidden places… in an archealogical context, across political and social divides…”

The conference was held in May 2016 at the University of Cyprus in Nicosia, “the only divided capital in the world… in a country whose rich history has been shaped by conflict and resolution, trauma and healing, forgetting and remembering.”

Al Ethari writes in her presentation brief, “…with the little details she is able to collect from [her father], she uses her work to excavate her father’s past and his Iraqi identity. In the process, Camp gains a connection to her Iraqi heritage and establishes a sense of Iraqiness for herself.”

Black Earth Institute
Fellowships Announced

After a rigorous selection process, the Black Earth Institute has selected seven new fellows to lead the organization forward. Lauren Camp joins six other individuals—all of whom use their creative pursuits and talents to focus on the health of our planet and create a more ethical world. The Black Earth Institute’s dedicated Fellows and Scholars work “to address social justice, environmental issues and the spiritual dimensions of the human condition in their art and work.”

One of the organization’s projects is About Place Journal. Lauren’s poems have been included in four of the recent issues. Here is one about a devastating tropical storm.

To read more about all the new BEI fellows, click here.

One Hundred Hungers Preview
and Talk at Arab American Arts Forum

Lauren was invited to present at DIWAN6: A Forum for the Arts, in May 2015 at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. DIWAN6 brought to gether more than 50 Arab American artists and scholars for an energizing, stimulating and highly interactive forum.

Lauren read from and discussed the making of One Hundred Hungers, her upcoming book that chronicles her father’s emigration from his native Baghdad to New York in the late 1940’s.

Lauren’s Poem Selected
for the Margaret Randall Prize

Richard Vargas, Editor of The Mas Tequilla Review announced that a poem by Lauren Camp, was selected for the first Margaret Randall Poetry Prize.

“Ultimately, I choose ‘On Schedule,’” said Randall. “It seems to me to be nearly perfect, and I say nearly because I don’t think of poetry as perfect; imperfection itself being an attribute. This poem engages with where we are at this moment in time in all the large and small ways. It is both grand and intimate. Its craft draws me in and rewards me, deeply. Its momentum builds. And I love its final two lines, which bring its vast geography into human time.”