Selected Poems

An artist and a poet, Lauren Amalia Redding turns to words to explore origins: the cultural vacillations of her life between a Midwestern father and a Cuban mother; her discovery of an emancipated self; and deeper, sometimes fearful, reflections of the most intimate relationships. Limpid and profound, Redding’s poems reveal an artist’s eye and a writer’s questioning drive, and the powerful voice of a young woman coming to terms with a fractured world. Recording how images correspond to her content or how she associates images with the emotion at hand, Redding writes as she sees.

From the Curator

Lauren Amalia Redding’s poems have a visceral immediacy to them – like a punch to the gut, or a new lover’s kiss. Her images are sharp, her diction askew but ornate; her poems bleakly beautiful. This is a voice that will keep blossoming.


Kate Angus, Founding Editor, Augury Books

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About the Author

Lauren Amalia Redding is an artist and poet living and working in Astoria, Queens, New York. She received her B.A. from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and her M.F.A. from the New York Academy of Art in New York, New York. She has exhibited her artwork from Chicago and New York to Tokyo, with pieces in private collections in the United States, Europe, and Australia. Redding has also been featured as one of “Today’s Masters: Artists Making Their Mark” by Fine Art Connoisseur magazine. In October 2015, she will be an artist in residence at the Florence School of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy, housed in Giorgio Vasari’s old studio. Though Redding works primarily as a visual artist, she first expressed herself by writing, and has been writing in secret for ten years. This is the first time any of her poetry has been published.