Lauren Camp consistently and creatively uses art, voice, poetry and sound to move others. Since 2004, Lauren has been a producer and host for KSFR-FM, Santa Fe Public Radio. During that time she has anchored three shows: “The Colors of Jazz” (2004-2010), “Poetry Talk” (2007-2008) and currently, “Audio Saucepan,” a genre-defying mix of music and poetry on Sundays from 6 to 7 PM. She approaches each show from a visual arts aesthetic, focusing on the colors and shapes of the different musical tracks, and how she can best splice them together with a few surprising lines of poetry.
Lauren has been recognized for both her visual artwork and her poetry. Her art has found its way into children’s hospitals, public housing, police stations, community centers, United States Embassies in Ukraine, Turkmenistan and Mali, and other organizations around the world. Her series of jazz portraits, “The Fabric of Jazz,” toured museums in ten U.S. cities between January 2004 and September 2007. Thousands viewed the spirited, musical exhibit.
While “The Fabric of Jazz” was on the road, Lauren began compiling poems for her first book, This Business of Wisdom (West End Press, 2010), which includes several jazz-based poems. In 2013, Edwin E. Smith Publishing brought forth her second collection, The Dailiness. Her third book of poetry, One Hundred Hungers, won the Dorset Prize (Tupelo Press, 2016). In addition, Lauren has guest-edited two special sections for World Literature Today (one focused on jazz poetry!) and a mini-anthology for Malpaís Review on the poetry of Iraq. She frequently collaborates with musicians to create multimedia performances.
Lauren has been recognized by the Gaea Foundation (an organization devoted to arts and activism), the Southwest Literary Center, the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Awards, and the Surface Design Association.
Also, a part-time educator, Lauren teaches creative writing throughout northern New Mexico.