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Santa Fe, NM
The author of This Business of Wisdom (West End Press), Lauren is currently completing a second book of poems that explores the Jewish culture of Baghdad in the 1940s, and its effect on her upbringing. Her writing has been called “experimental,” and “mini-novels in poem form.” She frequently collaborates with musicians to create multimedia performances. Also a visual artist, Lauren is perhaps best known for her series of large-scale jazz portraits constructed of fabric and thread, which traveled to museums in ten cities. Lauren’s artwork is in cultural centers, hospitals, museums, U.S. embassies and other organizations around the world. A 10-year veteran of KSFR-FM, Santa Fe Public Radio, she produces and hosts “Audio Saucepan,” a mix of global music and poetry Sunday evenings 6-7PM MST. An in-demand writing teacher and mentor, she offers workshops through museums, Santa Fe Community College, and other venues.
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer
Rafaela Castro was born in Bakersfield, California, but has lived most of her life in the San Francisco Bay Area. She spent two years in Brazil with the Peace Corps before receiving degrees in English Literature, Library Science, and Folklore from the University of California, Berkeley. She has lectured in Ethnic Bibliography and Chicano Studies at UC Berkeley, and recently retired from the Humanities/Social Sciences department of Shields Library at the University of California, Davis. She is the author of Dictionary of Chicano Folklore, and Provocaciones, Letters from the Prettiest Girl in Arvin.