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Lauren Ito

Poet, Writer
San Francisco, California
Lauren Ito is a Seattle-born Gosei (fifth generation Japanese American) poet, designer, and community craftswoman committed to advancing equity through art. As an artist and organizer Lauren delves into the tensions inherited within diasporic experiences, including explorations of American concentration camps, identity, and home. Lauren’s work has been featured by The Seattle Times, Japanese American National Museum, The City is Already Speaking Anthology, Nomadic Press, and various performance venues, such as the Mission Arts Performance Project, BEAT Museum, and Gears Turning. She is a 2019 Grotto Rooted & Written Fellow and community-nominated Asian Pacific American Advocates and Japanese American Citizens League Fellow funded to meet with policy makers in Washington DC about immigration, education reform, and the 2020 census. Her latest project was curating a reading for San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck's series, the Fire Thieves, featuring Bay Area artists of Japanese ancestry.

She is currently working on a public art series showcasing the work of San Francisco poet activists celebrating the resilience of place-based communities in the city. Lauren lives in San Francisco and can almost always be found by the sea.