News & Events

Coming Up


Tuesday, April 3 • 6pm

Zeb’s Restaurant and Bar (Angel Fire, NM)
Reading featuring New Mexico poets Lauren Camp, Jules Nyquist and John Roche

Monday, April 16 • 6 to 7pm

Discovering Baghdad: 
How Writing My Father’s Story Took Me to the Tigris

University Minnesota Rochester
University Square 414 (at the top of the 4th floor)
Reading and conversation with poet Lauren Camp

Tuesday, April 17 • 12 to 1pm

Begging a Memory: Poetry about Dementia
Mayo Clinic
Charlton Hall Guggenheim RO_GU_02_31
Reading and conversation with poet Lauren Camp

Writing Workshops

Saturday, April 7 • 11am to 2pm

A one-time Wild Mind Sampler for Albuquerque writers
Jules’ Poetry Playhouse
Click here for more info.

Saturday, April 28 • 9am

New Mexico Press Women state conference
The Lodge (Santa Fe, NM)

Saturday, May 5 • 10am to 4pm

Revision: The Beautiful Dirty Work
Santa Fe, NM
More info on Lauren’s Workshop page…

Wednesday afternoons, May 30 to June 27

From Wild Mind to Experience: Writing in All Directions
Santa Fe, NM
Details and registration on Lauren’s Workshop page…


Highlights From the Past

Hugo House

When: October 2017
Where: Seattle, WA
What: Workshop—Leaving Places: Tapping into Memory

Tupelo Truchas Poetry Conference

When: June 2017
Where: Truchas, NM
What: Four days of intensive workshops with Jeffrey Levine, Veronica Golos and Lauren Camp

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

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


Latest News

Lauren Camp to Present at Mayo Clinic

Lauren will be the Visiting Scholar/Poet for the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN in April 2018. She will offer two community presentations—one on migration and heritage, drawing from her most recent book, One Hundred Hungers, and another on dementia, in which she will share newer work. These events are free, and open to the public (details at left).

In addition, she will be leading two workshops and visiting Mayo High School to talk with the students about writing.

Thanks to these sponsors and partners for making Lauren’s visit possible: Mayo Clinic-Behavioral Health Research Program, Department of Psychiatry and Psychology; CCaTS Community Engagement Program; Center for Humanities in Medicine; University of Minnesota Rochester; Southeastern Minnesota Poets of Rochester, a chapter of the League of Minnesota Poets; and Mayo High School.

Lauren’s Poems Become Multilingual

Iraqi-Assyrian poet Dunya Mikhail translated three of Lauren’s poems from One Hundred Hungers (Tupelo Press, 2016) into Arabic for Texts Beyond Language Journal. The journal is available in print within Morocco and online to the Arab speaking world.

12 Poetas anthology, published in partnership with Mexico’s Secretary of Culture, includes the work of Lauren Camp and 11 other remarkable poets. This 220-page anthology gives substantial space to each. Edited by Margaret Randall, with Spanish translations by María Vázquez Valdez and Andres Millan Calhoun, 12 Poetas will have extensive distribution throughout Mexico in the main bookstores of the country.

Lauren’s poems have also been translated into Turkish and Mandarin.

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.

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.”

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.”


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