Artist Spotlight: Loren "Lo" Campbell

Artist Spotlight: Loren "Lo" Campbell

Chatting with a Vegas poet.
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Vegas is known for a lot of things, but often we don't hear about the artist who keeps the culture the big bright city alive. Here I chat with Lo, a 24-year-old poet based in Las Vegas, NV, who shines a light on her creative streak.

1.) How old were you first introduced to poetry, and when did you decide you wanted to be a writer?

I was introduced to poetry in high school, but I wasn’t interested. I didn’t decide I wanted to be a writer. I just needed to write in college when I was going through some rough patches in life—I was given a notebook at a HRC Leadership & Career Summit, and it came out in poetry.

2.) Who or what influences your work?

My experiences. The books I read, the people I meet, the movies I watch, and the music and poetry I listen to.

3.) What is one of the toughest subjects to talk about?

Triggering subjects for myself and the audiences I perform to. It's traumatizing to write and read tougher subjects: eating disorders, rape, and war/death of people who didn’t ask to die. There are multiple for me.


4.) What made you decide to get into the poetry slam?

I wanted to grow as an artist, and I didn’t want fear to stop me from trying.

5.) What’s the hardest thing about slamming?

I don’t think slamming is hard. I just focus on remembering why I wrote my poem and getting into that place before I begin my poem, not worrying about the scores/judges. It’s about self-growth. It’s a competition, but my art always comes first.

6.) What do you do when you’re not writing/performing?

I like to engage in other art forms. I enjoy spending time with my family, and I love to read.

7.) Above all, what do you want your readers/listeners to take from your written work?

Writing can be a healing process, and reading it out loud can touch people who don’t write. Write the tough poems, and perform them when it feels right for you.

8.) Who is your favorite writer and how did their words touch you?

Maya Angelou, because she was the first person to show me my poetry didn't have to be grammatically correct and I could use colloquial language with my meaning still being understood. She made me less fearless to write, and share my work...


Battle Born slam is the only poetry slam team based in southern Nevada created by Kari O'Connor and A.J. Moyer in 2010. This year's slammers include Rell da Truth, Ms. Aye Vee (Ashley M. Vargas), Lo Campbell and Vogue Robinson. This year the team will be heading to Decatur, Georgia for a five-day event competing against 100+ poets around the world! If you want to make a contribution, go to GoFundMe.

How does NPS Work?


"Poetry slam is conventionally defined as the art of competitive performance poetry. Invented in the 1980s by a Chicago construction worker named Marc Smith (So What?), slam is a fast-paced competition where poets have a limited amount of time to impress judges randomly selected from the audience. Performers use all the tricks of storytelling, songwriting, theatre, stand-up comedy, and cold hard poetry to wheedle points out of the judges from 0.0 (terrible) to 10.0 (perfect!).

Slam is not a passive performance: in addition to the judges, other audience members are strongly encouraged to participate by cheering, whistling, or mildly heckling the hosts or judges.

What is NPS?

The National Poetry Slam is the annual poetry slam championship tournament, wherein four to five-person teams from all over North America and Europe gather to compete against each other for the national team title. The week-long festival is part championship tournament, part poetry summer camp, and part traveling exhibition. Staged in a different city each year, the National Poetry Slam has emerged as slam's highest-profile showcase."

— National Poetry Slam Inc.


Cover Image Credit: FN Artist: Krystle "Kismet" Wilson

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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