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. Lauren’s Ph.D. dissertation uses a collaborative approach to collect and translate oral histories and memories from members of the indigenous Waorani Nation of Amazonian Ecuador—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 that provides emergency medicine, medical supplies, and vital provisions to Waorani communities in crisis.

For More information, visit her P&W writer’s directory profile at Poets & Writers

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