Poet Lauren Camp

photo by Bob Godwin

"I love the music of Lauren Camp’s poems… the alliteration and assonance, the layers of sound and imagery… these poems are filled with experiences that left me exhilarated with longing."

— Connotation Press

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

New Mexico Poet Laureate Lauren Camp is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Took House (Tupelo Press, 2020). Two new collections, Worn Smooth Between Devourings (NYQ Books) and An Eye in Each Square (River River Books), are forthcoming in 2023.

Honors include a Dorset Prize and finalist citations for the Arab American Book Award, the Housatonic Book Award, and the Adrienne Rich Award for Poetry. In 2022, she was Astronomer in Residence at Grand Canyon National Park. Lauren is the recipient of fellowships from Denver Botanic Gardens and Black Earth Institute, and a visiting writer position at the Mayo Clinic (MN). In 2023, she will be at Lowell Observatory and at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory as an artist in residence.

Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, The Los Angeles Review, World Literature Today, Witness, and The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day. Her work has been translated into Turkish, Mandarin, Serbian, Arabic and Spanish.

Lauren teaches for Poetry Out Loud-New Mexico and leads her own community workshops. She is a Senior Reader for Mimbres Press.

She has pivoted from a successful career as a visual artist (1996-2008). Her portrait series, “The Fabric of Jazz,” traveled to museums in ten cities. More artwork can be found in cultural centers, hospitals, museums, U.S. embassies and other organizations around the world. For 15 years, she was a producer and host for Santa Fe Public Radio.