Cafe Botanique: The Task of Optimism - How Poetry Grew from the Gardens - ONLINE

Lauren Camp

Join us for a reading and discussion with Lauren Camp, a Denver Botanic Gardens Artist in Residence. Camp's recent work addresses present threats to the environment-shifting climate, increasing drought and wildfires. During her residency, she shifted focus to the ways in which nature recharges the land, triumphs, and has the courage to stretch and bloom, using poetry as a wayfinding tool for herself and others. Camp will share these poems and talk with Denver Botanic Gardens Public Services Librarian Nitzan Watman about how the pathways through the Gardens' collections led her in her quest for the right lines and stanzas.

Lauren Camp is the author of five books, most recently "Took House" (Tupelo Press, 2020), winner of the American Fiction Award in Poetry and Distinguished Favorite for the Independent Press Award. Her poems have appeared in Kenyon Review, Western Humanities Review, Ecotone, Witness, and Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology, and her work has been translated into Mandarin, Turkish, Spanish, Serbian and Arabic. She is a recipient of fellowships from Black Earth Institute and The Taft Nicholson Center for Environmental Humanities. Other honors include the Dorset Prize and finalist citations for the Arab American Book Award and North American Book Award. She lives in New Mexico, where she teaches creative writing to people of all ages. www.laurencamp.com

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