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Jennifer Gihvan and Lauren Camp

Wednesday, October 12, 6pm

Poetry reading and book signing

Free admission, donations gratefully accepted

JENNIFER GIVHAN is a Mexican-American poet from the Southwestern desert. Her books include Landscape with Headless Mama (Pleiades Editors Prize) and Protection Spell (Miller Williams Series, U of Arkansas Press). She’s received NEA and PEN/Rosenthal Emerging Voices fellowships, The Frost Place Latin@ Scholarship, and The Lascaux Review Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in Best of the Net 2015, Best New Poets 2013, AGNI, TriQuarterly, Crazyhorse, Blackbird, The Kenyon Review, Rattle, and Southern Humanities Review.


Her debut collection, Landscape with Headless Mama, explores the experiences of becoming and being a mother through the lens of dark fairy tales. Describing the book as “a surreal survival guide,” Givhan draws from the southwestern desert, incorporating Latin American fine art and folkloric influences. Drawing inspiration from Gloria Anzaldúa, Frida Kahlo, Leonora Carrington, tattoo artists, and comic book heroes, among other sources, this is a book of intelligence, humor, deep feeling, and, above all, duende.

LAUREN CAMP is the author of three books, most recently One Hundred Hungers, winner of the Dorset Prize (Tupelo Press, 2016). Her poems have appeared New England Review, Poetry International, World Literature Today, Beloit Poetry Journal, and other literary journals. Other literary honors include the Margaret Randall Poetry Prize, the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award, and a Black Earth Institute Fellowship. She is the producer and host of “Audio Saucepan” on KSFR, a show that interweaves music with contemporary poetry.


In poems that explore the life experiences of a first-generation, Arab-American girl and her Jewish-Iraqi father, One Hundred Hungers tells a story of food and ritual, immigration and adaptation. Poet Lauren Camp vividly imagines her father’s boyhood in Baghdad at a time when tensions began to emerge along ethnic and religious borders. She draws upon memories of Sabbath dinners in her grandparents’ new home in America to share the family’s culture, and question the untold reasons for their departure.