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Lauren Bullock is a multiracial writer, performer, and teaching artist. Her work has appeared on AFROPUNK.com, Button Poetry, The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, and more. Currently she serves as a staff writer for pop culture web site Black Nerd Problems as well as poetry editor for literary magazine FreezeRay Poetry. When not working on writing-related activities she enjoys fighting crime as a costumed vigilante of many aliases.
Lauren Bullock is a multiracial writer, performer, and teaching artist. As a child of a Vietnamese American mother and African American father Lauren grew up learning the importance of words in expressing her unique identity. An avid lover of the power and delight of storytelling, Lauren wrote her first poem as part of an assignment to describe “living in a painting” in kindergarten and she hasn’t stopped since, continuing on to include editorial columns, interviews, and other genres. Lauren’s first foray into spoken word was a result of the encouragement from her high school creative writing teacher, and she immediately took to the marriage of her loves for writing and performance.
A 2014 honors graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a double major in English and Communications and a minor in Poetry, Lauren was awarded the Wallace Ray Peppers Award in Performance of African-American Literature as well as membership into the coveted Order of the Golden Fleece, UNC’s highest honor society.
Lauren won her first poetry slam in 2012 and went on to win the grand slam, earning her a spot on UNC’s first slam team as a result. Lauren also represented this team on the 2012 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI) final stage as a part of the Best of the Rest showcase. In 2013 Lauren became the artistic director of UNC’s first-ever organization dedicated to poetry and slam, Wordsmiths, and captained the slam team to final stage at Barnard College in New York, New York. Since then Lauren has both coached the UNC slam team as well as participated in the Southern Fried Poetry Slam and National Poetry Slam as a member of the Durham, North Carolina-based Bull City in 2013 and Washington, D.C.-based Beltway in 2015.
Lauren developed and nurtured a love for organizing space for artistic expression as a staff member of former non-profit Sacrificial Poets. From 2014 to 2017 she worked as a youth mentor and organizer for the international Brave New Voices youth poetry festival, served on the organizational staff of the 2015 Individual World Poetry Slam, and helped organize the 2016 and 2017 Words Beats and Life Festival. From 2016 to 2018 she became one of the inaugural Future Corps Fellows for Youth Speaks. Lauren has also hosted and organized a variety of monthly local events, including the 2013 and 2014 seasons of the UNC Wordsmiths open mic and slam as well as the 2016 to 2018 open mic seasons for Busboys and Poets.