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Readings and Appearances

December 1 — 6:30pm

The Open Bard Series
Sherbino Theatre (Ridgway, CO)
Visiting Poet

January 7 — time: TBA

Bad Mouth Reading Series
(Albuquerque, NM)
Reading with fiction writer Dan Mueller plus music

February 23 — 7 to 9pm

Fixed & Free Reading Series
The Source, 1111 Carlisle SE (Albuquerque, NM)
Marsha Johansen and Lauren Camp plus open mic

 

Highlights From the Past

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

Discovering Baghdad (Lecture and Reading)

When: October 2016
Where: University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma

Reading and Talk

When: October 2016
Where: Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, Oklahoma

One Hundred Hungers
Santa Fe Book Launch

When: April 2016
Where: Temple Beth Shalom, Santa Fe, New Mexico
What: Reading from the new book
followed by a discussion with former
Santa Fe Poet Laureate, Joan Logghe

 

Fur Stethoscope
Poets Zöe Bird and Lauren Camp and bassist/oudist Paul Brown comprise Fur Stethoscope, a trio that performs to standing-room-only crowds every time they appear.

One Hundred Hungers
Taos Book Launch

When: April 2016
Where: Op. Cit Books, Taos, New Mexico
Who: Lauren Camp, Will Barnes and Veronica Golos

Muse Times Two

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

Santa Fe Poets 2

When: December 2013
What: Santa Fe Poet Laureate Jon Davis hosted “Santa Fe Poets 2,” featuring Lauren Camp, Joanne Dominique Dwyer, Jamie Figueroa, dg nanouk okpik, and Arthur Sze.
Where: Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico

“I’ll Drink to That!”

What: Poetry fusion — page to stage, acoustic to hip-hop with slam poets Carlos Contreras, Hakim Bellamy and Jessica Helen Lopez, performance poet Lauren Camp • Acoustic and underground hip-hop musicians: singer/guitarist Keith Sanchez, reggae/rock bassist Glenn Benavidez, blues songstress Leah Black

When: April 2012
Where: Nexus Brewery Albuquerque, New Mexico

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.”