Lauren Zuniga

Lauren Zuniga

Highlights

  • The founder/co-director of Oklahoma Young Writers
  • 3 In 2010, she was nominated for State Poet Laureate
  • 3 She's represented Oklahoma in eight national poetry competitions including top twenty finishes at the Women of the World Poetry Slam

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Zuniga is a nationally touring poet and teaching artist. The founder/co-director of Oklahoma Young Writers, a nonprofit committed to exciting young people about literature, she performs and teaches in schools through out the state and country.

In 2010, she was nominated for State Poet Laureate and reportedly made Govener Henry cry (in a good way.) In 2011, she was asked to be a featured speaker at the TEDx OKC Conference. She’s represented Oklahoma in eight national poetry competitions including top twenty finishes at the Women of the World Poetry Slam the last four years.

She has performed on a bus, on several street corners and in highly esteemed poetry venues such as The Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York, Green Mill Lounge in Chicago and The Portland Poetry Slam where she was voted Best Feature (well, tied with Andrea Gibson). She was a featured artist in the documentary, Women Behind Bars (Amina Benalioulhaj). Press features include: Marianne Williamson show on the Oprah and Friends network (XM radio), Oklahoma Gazette, Oklahoma Magazine, On the Issues Magazine and Oklavision TV.

She has recently been published in the Lamplighter Review, Pedestal, Muzzle Magazine and the Write Bloody Anthology, “The Good Things About America.” Her first collection of poetry, The Nickel Tour, was released on Penmanship Books in 2009. Her work spans the gritty and splendid, integrating politics, spirituality and humanity through her love for vivid language and imagery.