Day 35: Lauren Camp with Paul Brown

Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

Our peace offering is a co-mingling of poetry and music. “How to Build a Magnanimous Heart” moves through perspectives on attention, dignity, kindness, and the inherent justice of belief.  The poem looks to the garden, the body, and the community—and, in doing so, offers 21 thoughts and actions to consider. Bass improvisations highlight the poem.

Poem: Lauren Camp

Music: Paul Brown


Lauren Camp is the author of five books, most recently Took House (Tupelo Press, 2020), which Publishers Weekly calls a “stirring, original collection.” Winner of the Dorset Prize, she has also received fellowships from Black Earth Institute and the Taft-Nicholson Center. Finalist citations for the Arab American Book Award, the Housatonic Book Award, and the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award. Her work has been translated into Mandarin, Turkish, Spanish and Arabic. 

Paul Brown is a bassist with over 40 years of experience. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, he is comfortable in all styles and rhythms but is usually found playing the music of Eastern Europe and Turkey. He plays with many bands across the country.


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