Lauren Brazeal Garza is the author of the full-length poetry collection, Gutter (YesYes Books, 2018), which centered on her homelessness as a teenager in Los Angeles. Her newest chapbook, Santa Muerte, Santa Muerte: I Was Here, Release Me (forthcoming from Tram Editions in 2023) offers a series of interviews with ghosts and other supernatural beings—inspired by her experience as a translator and collector of oral histories. She is the author of two additional chapbooks, published under the name Lauren Brazeal: Exuviae (Horseless Press, 2016) and Zoo for Well-Groomed Eaters (Dancing Girl Press, 2016). Lauren writes poetry, short fiction, and essays and her work has appeared in 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. candidate in Literature at UT Dallas with a focus on decolonial approaches to translation, testimonial literature, and Latin American testimonio. Her scholarly research explores trauma, grief, and healing in American literature—particularly among marginalized populations—and parts of her dissertation use a collaborative approach to collect and translate oral histories of practicing curanderas (Latina spiritual healers) in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.
In addition to her writing, she is the founder and president of Fundación Warepo Beye, a non-profit organization that provides emergency medicine, medical supplies, and vital provisions to indigenous Waorani communities in crisis in Amazonian Ecuador.
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