Lauren Brazeal Garza’s first full-length collection of poetry, published under the name Lauren Brazeal, was Gutter (YesYes Books, 2018). The collection centered around her homelessness as a teenager in Los Angeles. She is also the author of two chapbooks, also published under the name Lauren Brazeal: Exuviae (Horseless Press, 2016) and Zoo for Well-Groomed Eaters (Dancing Girl Press, 2016). Her individual poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming from journals such as Poetry Northwest, Waxwing, Verse Daily, Barrelhouse & Diagram.
She is a graduate of Bennington College’s M.F.A program, with a degree in poetry, and is now a Ph.D. student in Literature at UT Dallas with a focus on decolonial approaches to translation and Latin American testimonio. Lauren’s current project has her collecting and translating oral histories from members of the indigenous Waorani Nation of Amazonian Ecudaor, all of whom are survivors or children of survivors of the first sustained interactions with missionary colonists in the 1960’s; and the waves of Polio, starvation, and ethnocide that followed.
In addition to her writing, she is the founder and president of Fundación Warepo Beye, a non-profit organization which provides emergency medicine, medical supplies, and vital provisions to Waorani communities in crisis.
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