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Interview with Poet Lauren Tivey - The Breakdown Atlas

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Lauren Tivey is an expatriate poet, writer, and teacher, who made a decision to give up “the rat race” two years ago: after giving away, selling, or storing most of her belongings, she left the U.S. to travel the world in search of some adventure and meaning. Some of her travel highlights include Peru, Bolivia, and Tibet. Currently, she lives in China, where she teaches at a Chinese high school. She’s got the travel bug, and she’s got it bad—an addiction that fuels her creativity in poetry, writing, and photography. 
Lauren received her undergraduate degree in poetry and literature from Granite State College, and her MFA in poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she was the recipient of the Jack Myers Grant for Outstanding Poetry. Her poems have appeared in Deuce Coupe, The Literary Burlesque, Blue Lake Review, The Legendary, Message in a Bottle, Gutter Eloquence, Snakeskin, and Sierra Nevada Review, among many other publications. Her chapbook, The Breakdown Atlas, containing many poems about her travels, was just released in July of 2011 from Big Table Publishing Company. She’s also written a number of travel stories, which appear on both and, and she keeps a poetry blog at