About Laurel Ann

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Laurel Ann Bogen is the author of 11 books of poetry and short fiction including Washing a LanguageThe Last Girl in the Land of the ButterfliesDo Iguanas Dance, and Rag Tag We Kiss. Her latest book, Psychosis in the Produce Department: New and Selected Poems 1975-2015, is published by Red Hen Press. Some of the poems include QR codes that link to audio files of select poems. For more information, contact Red Hen Press.

From 1996 until 2002 she was literary curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where she coordinated the Writers in Focus poetry series and co-authored a grant sponsored by Poets & Writers, linking the museum’s education department with Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center to create a writers-in-residence program. She has been an instructor of poetry and performance for the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program since 1990 and received the Outstanding Instructor of the Year in Creative Writing in 2008. Selected “Best Female Poet/Performer” by the L.A. Weekly in their Best of L.A. issue she is well-known for her lively readings and is a founding member of the acclaimed poetry performance troupe, Nearly Fatal Women.

Bogen has read/performed in venues as diverse as Cornell University, The Savannah College of Art and Design, The Knitting Factory (NYC), The DA Center for the Arts, The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority (Metro-Rail), The Museum of Contemporary Art and LACE. Her work has appeared in over 100 literary magazines and anthologies including The Misread City, California Poetry From The Gold Rush to the Present, The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, Stand-Up Poetry: An Expanded Anthology, The Maverick Poets, Poetry Loves Poetry, Wide Awake, Gargoyle, Rattapallax, Pearl, Solo, Bakunin, Yellow Silk, Mississippi Mud and Jacaranda Review.

7 thoughts on “About Laurel Ann

  1. Thank you Laurel Ann,
    I started with Havana, could not resist.
    A visit to Death Valley,
    then Origami
    (Suitable for a wedding)?
    Finished with The Waldorf Astoria Family Album, New York, August, 1963).
    Enough nourishment.
    Hope you are well, and strong enough. Strange times:
    I see you standing in the garden next door, wearing mud cloth.
    Ah it’s quite the life.

  2. Dear Lizzie, So nice of you to drop by. Thanx for writing me. Yes, I have read Origami at many weddings. I hope you are doing well and that
    things are good in your world. As ever, Your Friend, LAB

  3. Wow! It’s kick-ass, Laurel. Welcome to the club and we remember we’re not regular members we’re……(hmmmm). Love you Kathleen

  4. Hi Laurel

    So nice to find an old friend who is still alive. I still have a copy of your newspaper headline, FAMOUS LOS ANGELES POET and the poem you made in OT for my birthday. The reding

    at the Ambassador Hotel in that tuxedo that was so old it had turned green..

    My email address is max114@sbcglobal.net

    Try to remember me

    Lew from Edgemont

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