New Mexico Poet Laureate Lauren Camp

photo by Bob Godwin

New Mexico Poet Laureate
2022 to 2025

“Lauren Camp is not only a talented poet of national renown, but a gifted teacher with exciting ideas about how to engage the people of New Mexico in the writing, reading, and overall enjoyment of poetry.

”I look forward to working with Lauren to explore how poetry can help us navigate and process challenges and facilitate our connections with each other.”

— Michelle Laflamme-Childs
Executive Director, New Mexico Arts

More about Lauren…

The El Palacio Interview

photo by Scott Pasfield

The El Palacio Interview

“I’m fully focused on getting the poem exactly the way I need it to be, which is something different from perfection. I am looking for some kind of surprise. I feel a little giddy at the end of a poem. Not because it’s funny, but because it’s done something outside my knowing. ”

—Lauren Camp interviewed by Charlotte Jusinski

Read the Interview…

Took House by Lauren Camp

cover art by Suzanne Sbarge

Took House

“[A] stirring, original collection.”

—Publishers Weekly

“It’s as if Camp is holding a magnifying glass in the light until the page beneath it catches fire.”

— Washington Independent Review of Books

“The ‘sinew and lava’ of both desire and loss pulse right beneath the surface of the poems…”

World Literature Today, Editor’s Pick

More books…


Grand Canyon Astronomer in Residence

Grand Canyon Astronomer in Residence
Summer 2022

“Lauren Camp was selected to explore through the written word the subtle emotions, aesthetic qualities, and complex thoughts we all feel under the vastness of the night skies. Grand Canyon Conservancy and the National Park Service are excited to facilitate one of the best poetic minds in the country towards Grand Canyon’s pristine natural darkness.”

—Rader Lane, Grand Canyon National Park
Dark Skies Coordinator / Park Ranger

National Park Service Video…