Lauren Best lives where the Pottawotami River meets Georgian Bay, on the territory of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation (now known as Owen Sound, Ontario). She is an interdisciplinary creative with a multifaceted community arts practice that interweaves with her work as a poet, musician, and composer/creator. Her latest project, the Infinite Improvisation Podcast (2022), is a collaboration with Seattle-based saxophonist Steve Treseler. Lauren was selected for the inaugural Rural Creatives Springboard (2022), a collaboration between Artscape Launchpad and the Canadian Centre for Rural Creativity. She is a published poet featured in a recent anthology of poems from Black Moss Press in the City of Windsor’s South Shore Collections series, A Manor of Words: Poetry at the Manor 10th Anniversary Anthology , and her poetry performances include main stage at Words Aloud 2019.
Lauren left her small Ontario town as a young singer-songwriter keyboardist and returned to become Poet Laureate Emeritus (Owen Sound, 2017-2019). Her music has been heard coast to coast since her debut album release in 2011, including collaborations ranging from electro pop bands, to experimental improvised choral music, to composing for interactive theatre and sound design for film.
Lauren’s new performance pieces combine poetry from her upcoming book Just (2023), set within a soundscape of keyboard and vocal improvisation paired with lyric melodies.