News & Events

Coming Up

Reading with Music

When: Saturday, February 21 (time TBD)

What: Nina Hart Book Launch with guests
Lauren Camp, Martha Reich and friends

Where: Railyard Performance Space

Upcoming Writing Workshops

Persona: Getting into Character

When: Wednesday afternoons, 2 to 4pm
February 18 and 25, 2015

From Wild Mind to Experience:
Writing in All Directions

When: Monday evenings, 7 to 9pm
March 16 to April 13, 2015


Wednesday afternoons, 2 to 4pm
March 18 to April 15, 2015

More Info: Lauren’s writing workshops


Highlights From the Past

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

Sunday Chatter featured poet

When: December 2012
Where: Albuquerque, NM

“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

Reading and Book Signing

When: October 2011
Where: Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center
Venice, California

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

SITE Santa Fe Workshop:
“Fairy Tales and Surreal Spaces”

What: Lauren leads a two-day writing workshop based on the exhibit of art by Amy Cutler and Ruth Claxton.
When: April 2011

Four Poets Respond to
“Women and Women”

What: Poets Lauren Camp, Jamie Figueroa, Valerie Martínez and Shelle Sanchez present a collaborative performance inspired by “Women and Women: Photographs by Spanish Women,” an exhibit from the Instituto Cervantes.
When: March 2011
Where: National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Fur Stethoscope
Jamie Figueroa, Shelle Sanchez, Valerie Martínez and Lauren Camp collaborated on a spoken word performance in response to a photo exhibit entitled “Women and Women.”

The Return of “Two Poets and a Piano”

What: Poets Richard Atkinson and Lauren Camp
with pianist Chris Ishee — plus special guests Arlen Asher on reeds and Paul Brown on bass and oud
When: March 2011
Where: Counter Culture Cafe
Santa Fe, New Mexico

“New Mexico Women Poets Write the World”

What: Poets Lauren Camp, Renee Gregorio, Joan Logghe and Elaine Upton read and discuss their writing.
When: March 2011
Where: Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM

San Miguel Writers’ Conference

What: Conference faculty
When: February 2011
Where: San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

Poetry at Paul’s

What: Reading with poet Lisa Gill
When: November 2010
Where: Chupadero, NM

“Triptych: Richard Vargas, Lauren Camp
and Gary Jackson”

When: October 2010
Where: presented by the Local Poets Guild,
Albuquerque, NM

“Ten Poems with Roots:
A Sunset Poetry Performance”

When: October 2010
Where: The Gardens on Spring Creek, Fort Collins, CO

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.

“Fur Stethoscope”

What: Performance with poet Zoë Bird and
bassist/oud player Paul Brown
When: April 2010
Where: Canyon Road Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM

When: September 2008
Where: Chupadero, NM


What: Duet with pianist/composer John Rangel
When: July 2009
Where: Outpost Performance Space, Albuquerque, NM

“Jazz Under the Stars” featured poet
with Southwest Jazz Orchestra

When: July 2006, 2007 and 2008
Where: Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM

“Bath House Asylum”

What: Improvised performance with
multi-instrumentalist Kim Corbet
When: November 2008
Where: Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas, TX

“Duology 3”

What: Improvised duet with pianist Peter Breslin
When: November 2007
Where: The College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM


What: Collaborative improvisation with sound artist
CK Barlow and musician Rufus Cohen
When: March 2007
Where: Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM


Latest News

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.”

Manuscript Wins the Dorset Prize

Lauren’s manuscript One Hundred Hungers was selected by David Wojahn for the 2014 Dorset Prize. The book will be published by Tupelo Press in 2016.

Wojahn said, “The book is inventively structured, mixing personal lyrics with a series of short, gnomic and haunting vignettes that seem to reside almost outside of time. And of course the particular diaspora which the book derives from — capturing the experience [of an] Iraqi-Jewish immigrant family — makes for a still more complicated stance, one of exile within exile.”

Prizes from Press Women
Communications Contests

The National Federation of Press Women is a nationwide organization of professional women and men pursuing careers across the communications spectrum. Their annual contest rewards excellence in a wide range of categories judged by leaders in their fields of expertise. Members compete first at the state level, with first–place winners in each category moving on to compete at the national level.

Lauren Camp took first place honors in two categories at both the New Mexico competition and the National contest. Her collection The Dailiness was First Place Winner, Poetry Book Prize and her poem “Letter to Baghdad” won First Place, Single Poem. “Letter to Baghdad” is from the manuscript One Hundred Hungers (see the story above).

Lauren’s Art and Poetry Featured

Malpais Review

Lauren’s large fiber artwork “Sidemen” graces the cover of the Spring 2013 issue of Malpais Review.

Inside you’ll find other pieces from her series “The Fabric of Jazz,” plus a whole mess of her poems. Add to that a fascinating interview with poet Margaret Randall, and you’ve got plenty of good reading.


World Literature Today
Showcases New Series of Poems

The January / February 2013 Issue of World Literature Today

For the past few years, poet Lauren Camp has been immersed in research and imagination of Baghdad in the 1940’s. Why? She’s been unearthing and envisioning her father’s childhood in that city, and the reasons his family left in 1950.

World Literature Today selected four of the poems to include in their January / February 2013 issue (two are online, with audio versions of the poems). The journal’s website also published an essay by Lauren explaining her search for answers.

The Anna Davidson Rosenberg
Poetry Award

On August 20, 2012, the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life at UC Berkeley announced that the 2012 Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Awards for Poems on the Jewish Experience have been awarded to two poets. Rather than choosing first, second and third place, the judges elected to award one first prize cash award to be shared jointly by poets Yosefa Raz and Lauren Camp.

Lauren’s poem, “Variation: Let’s Pretend,” was selected. The poem, from her manuscript-in-progress, One Hundred Hungers, appears in Zeek, and was celebrated at a community-wide reception and reading.


Selected Solo Art Exhibits

“Lauren Camp: Connections”

When: October - November 2010
Where: Greeley Civic Center, Greeley, CO

“Flinch: a Study of Your Self”

When: March 2009
Where: Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM

“The Fabric of Jazz:
A Tribute to the Genius of American Music”

When: March 2011
Where: Society for Contemporary Crafts,
Pittsburgh, PA

When: July - September 2007
Where: Rocky Mount Arts Center, Rocky Mount, NC

When: January 2007 - March 2007
Where: Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin
Art Museum, Myrtle Beach, SC

When: August - September 2006
Where: Compuware World Headquarters, Detroit, MI

When: May 2006 - July 2006
Where: The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, Albuquerque, NM

When: November 2005 - April 2006
Where: Mesa Southwest Museum, Mesa, AZ

When: August - October 2005
Where: Delta Blues Museum, Clarksdale, MS

When: May - July 2005
Where: The American Jazz Museum, Kansas City, MO

When: February - April 2005
Where: Albright Cultural Center, Reading, PA

When: June - September 2004
Where: Museum of the American Quilter’s Society, Paducah, KY

When: January - April 2004
Where: Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Golden, CO

Invitational Exhibits

“Waste/Not” in collaboration with the
City of Santa Fe Solid Waste Department

When: September - November 2010
Where: Santa Fe Community Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

“Meander: Works Inspired by
the Santa Fe River”

When: April - June 2010
Where: Santa Fe Community Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

“Seeing Jazz”

When: January - April 2009
Where: Manchester’s Craftsmen’s Guild, Pittsburgh, PA

“Fiber + Book”

When: September - October 2007
Where: Fiber Art Center, Amherst, MA