Readings and Appearances
October 8 • 7:30pm
Earth, Spirit + Society in Poetry and Prose
Mainsite Gallery (Norman, OK)
Reading with Black Earth Institute fellows
October 12 — 6pm
Teatro Paraguas (Santa Fe, NM)
Reading with Jenn Givhan
October 16 — 11am • Journey Santa Fe
Collected Works Bookstore (Santa Fe, NM)
Presentation by New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence and New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence and reading with Lauren Camp, Janet Eigner and Susan Gardner
October 25 • 7pm
Mark Allen Everett Poetry Series
Mainsite Gallery (Norman, OK)
October 26 • The Neustadt Festival
University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK)
Intergenerational Writing Workshop with co-instructor Oklahoma Poet Laureate emeritus Nathan Brown
October 27 — Noon
University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK)
Oklahoma Baptist University (Shawnee, OK)
Classroom Visit and Reading
October 29 — 3pm
Full Circle Bookstore (Oklahoma City, OK)
Reading and in conversation with Nathan Brown
October 29 — Evening
Best of Books (Edmond, OK)
Reading with Nathan Brown
November 12 — 1:30pm
Roswell Museum and Art Center (Roswell, NM)
November 12 — 5pm
Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art (Roswell, NM)
December 1 — 6:30pm
“The Open Bard Series”
Sherbino Theatre (Ridgway, CO)
Highlights From the Past
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
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
Revisiting the Neustadt Festival
Lauren will bring One Hundred Hungers to numerous venues and audiences in Oklahoma this autumn. She has been 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. During the week, she will be the featured reader at a few other events in the area.
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. Details on all of the October events are listed to the left.
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
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.”