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Coming Up

Upcoming Radio Interview

“Sunday Special,” KSFR-FM

When: Sunday, May 29 • 4pm

What: Conversation with Dan DeFrancesco

Where: Streaming live on • 101.1FM

Upcoming Readings

Muse Times Two

When: Sunday, June 5 • 4pm

Where: The Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeeshop
202 Galisteo St, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Who: Crystal Williams and Lauren Camp

Featured Poet: Chatter Sunday

When: Sunday, September 25 • 10am

Where: Las Puertas, 1512 1st St NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Creative Writing Workshops

Revision: The Beautiful Dirty Work

Wednesday afternoons, 2 to 4pm
July 20 to August 10

Registration and more info:
Lauren’s Workshops page

Conference Presentations

The RAWI + Mizna Lit Gathering

When: June 16 through 18

What: Pantoum Writing Workshop and reading from One Hundred Hungers

Where: Open Book, 1011 Washington Ave S., Minneapolis, Minnesota

More Information: The RAWI + Mizna Lit Gathering

The Neustadt Festival:
Intergenerational Writing Workshop

What: With co-instructor Oklahoma Poet Laureate emeritus Nathan Brown

When: Wednesday, October 26

Where: University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma

Discovering Baghdad

When: Thursday, October 27 at noon

What: Lauren Camp will read from, and discuss the process of writing her new book One Hundred Hungers in a presentation co-hosted by the University of Oklahoma Center for Judaic & Israel Studies and the Center for Middle East Studies

Where: Norman, Oklahoma


Latest News

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 will 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 will take 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 will present “Excavating Iraqiness in Lauren Camp’s Poetry” at the 10th International Auto/Biography Association (IABA) Conference. The 2016 conference theme is “Excavating Lives.” Presenters will “consider life writing within the context of liminal spaces, borders, and hidden places… in an archealogical context, across political and social divides…”

The conference, held in May, will be 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.”