Lauren Brazeal’s first full-length collection of poetry, Gutter, centered around her homelessness as a teenager and was published by Yes Yes Books in 2018. She is the author of two chapbooks, Exuviae (Horseless Press, 2016) and Zoo for Well-Groomed Eaters (Dancing Girl Press, 2016). Her individual poems and essays have appeared in journals such as Waxwing, Verse Daily, Barrelhouse & Diagram.
She is currently earning her PhD in Literature from UT Dallas and working on a field-work derived, multi-genre manuscript, written with the collaboration of members of the indigenous Waorani Nation of Amazonian Ecuador. A winner of a 2021 Mabel H. Bremer Travel Award, her field work will take her to Ecuador in the summer of 2021 to record and translate the testimonies of Waorani Nationals who survived first contact with missionary colonists in the 1960’s.
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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