Lauren Brazeal’s first full-length collection of poetry, Gutter (YesYes Books, 2018), centered around her homelessness as a teenager. She is also 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.
Now a PhD student in Literature at UT Dallas, her current project is 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, and with generous support of the translation studies department at UT Dallas, her field work takes her to Ecuador to record and translate the testimonies of Waorani Nationals who survived first sustained contact 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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