Catching Up With Lauren Camp

Where can we read some of your recent work?

I’ve had a number of poems published in some wonderful journals recently, including The Shallow Ends, The Los Angeles Review, Image and Psaltery & Lyre.

Last fall, my fourth book was published! Turquoise Door is a collection of poems rooted in some of the geography and history of Taos, New Mexico a century ago.

What are you reading right now?

I never stop reading poetry—savoring individual poems I find online each day and dipping into the books and journals gathered in piles around my house. I’m wowed by something new all the time, but I’ve been very moved by a few fantastic anthologies that have come out recently: Alongside We Travel: Contemporary Poets on Autism (edited by Sean Thomas Dougherty) and A Constellation of Kisses (edited by Diane Lockward). I’ve read both cover to cover, and felt lucky to be included in them.

I’ve been able to stretch out into fiction, too. I reread Arundhati Roy’s incredible debut novel The God of Small Things and am now deep into a translated novel by German writer Jenny Erpenbeck called The End of Days.

Oh, and graphic memoirs! A while back, I did a presentation about One Hundred Hungers, my book that imagines my father’s boyhood in Iraq, and someone mentioned the graphic memoir Poppies of Iraq by Brigitte Findakly. Ever since, I’ve also been searching out work in this genre.

Reading, yum. I love all of it. Always have.

Though it’s not reading, it’s also worth mentioning a few of the poetry podcasts I listen to as I’m driving, including two that are consistently remarkable: Between the Covers and Commonplace.


What’s next for you? I have a busy fall season of presentations. I will be traveling to Idaho, Wisconsin, and Missouri, as well as doing some special events in my home state of New Mexico. There’s more info here: https://www.laurencamp.com/events-with-lauren.html

And I have a new book due out next spring from Tupelo Press!

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Lauren Camp is the author of four poetry collections. She is the recipient of the Dorset Prize, a Black Earth Institute fellowship, residencies from Willapa Bay AiR and The Taft-Nicholson Center, and a finalist citation for the Arab American Book Award. Her work has been translated into Mandarin, Turkish, Spanish and Arabic.