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Upcoming Readings

The Black Earth Institute Annual Reading

When: Sunday, October 10 • 7:30pm

What: New BEI fellows Taylor Brorby, Lauren Camp,
Todd Davis, Ann Fisher-Wirth, Tammy Gomez, Metta Sama and Melissa Tuckey

Where: Brigit West
Black Earth, Wisconsin

More Info: Event Flyer (pdf)RSVP Required

Getting There from Here:
A Black Earth Institute Reading

When: Sunday, October 18 • 5pm

What: Poets Lauren Camp, Alysse Kathleen McCanna, Jeanetta Calhoun Mish and Juan Morales

Where: Teatro Paraguas
3205 Calle Marie
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Cost: Donation requested

More Info: Event Flyer (pdf)

From Our Mouths to God’s Ear:
A Celebration of Jewish Women Poets

When: Sunday, November 8 • 2pm

Where: Temple Beth Shalom
205 East Barcelona Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Cost: $10 donation requested

Spirit + Bone Poetry Reading

When: Saturday, November 14 • 7pm

What: Lauren Camp, Elizabeth Jacobson and three other models from Anna Yarrow’s photography project will share their poetry on themes of women and nature.

Where: El Zaguán
545 Canyon Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico

In situ with Anna Yarrow’s Spirit + Bone photography exhibit, opening November 6

Cost: Free

More info: Anna Yarrow, (808) 212-7598

Emergency Picnic:
A Poetry on the Hill Reading

When: Sunday November 15 • 1pm
(Doors open at noon for wine tasting)

What: Rich Boucher and Lauren Camp

Where: Anasazi Fields Winery
Unquarked: The Wine Room
145 Central Park Square
Los Alamos, New Mexico

More Info: Event Flyer (pdf)

Cost: $5.00


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

“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”

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


Latest News

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.

Another Embassy Borrows Lauren’s Art

One of Lauren’s works from the “Map Series” has been selected for a curated exhibition at the U.S. Embassy residence in Dili, Timor Leste.

Exploring the New Creed—Map 3
Exploring the New Creed—Map 3

The art will be on display for the duration of Ambassador Karen Stanton’s tour of duty—about 2-1/2 years. The public rooms of the U.S. Embassy residence serve as the center for state functions. The exhibition will provide tangible focal points around which to build public outreach.

For this display, curators chose to focus on American fiber works as a reflection of Tais cloth, a traditional weaving done by the East Timorese women.

Lauren has a page on the Art in Embassies website where you can see other works she has loaned to U.S. Embassies around the world. She was also one of 17 contemporary American artists highlighted in the book Art on the Edge, published by the U.S. Department of State’s Art in Embassies Program. The full book is available online.

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).


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