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.

Lauren Camp is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Took House (Tupelo Press, 2020), Distinguished Favorite for the Independent Press Award and Semi-Finalist for the North American Book Award.

One Hundred Hungers (Tupelo Press, 2016) won the Dorset Prize and was a finalist for the Arab American Book Award, the Housatonic Book Award and the Sheila Margaret Motton Prize. Turquoise Door: Finding Mabel Dodge Luhan in New Mexico (3: A Taos Press, 2018) was a finalist for the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award.

Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Prairie Schooner,The Los Angeles Review, Poet Lore, Beloit Poetry Journal, Witness and The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day. Her work has been translated into Turkish, Mandarin, Arabic and Spanish.

Honors include a Black Earth Institute Fellowship and a visiting writer position at the Mayo Clinic (MN). She has been awarded residencies at The Taft-Nicholson Center, Storyknife Writers Retreat, Willapa Bay AiR and other places. In 2020, she was selected to be one of 100 international artists for 100 Offerings of Peace and one of 101 women storytellers for The Scheherezade Project.

Lauren was guest editor for Malpaís Review (poetry of Iraq), World Literature Today (two issues: international jazz poetry, and the intersection of contemporary visual art and poetry), and About Place Journal (“Roots and Resistance”).

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.

Lauren lives in New Mexico, where she teaches through the state’s Poetry Out Loud program, The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum’s Art and Leadership program, Santa Fe Community College, and her own community workshops.