Lauren Best was Owen Sound’s Poet Laureate 2017-2019, with a tenure focused on children.

Lauren is included alongside other poets laureate emeritus in an anthology 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 (2022). Lauren’s 2010 chapbook Resound Re:Sound is collection of lyrics selected from songs she wrote while living in Owen Sound between 2004-2008. Her poems are published in Spike: Poems in the Time of Pestilence (2021), an anthology by Cannon Creek Press.

Lauren has performed her poetry extensively, including on main stage at Words Aloud (2018). Over the past decade she has facilitated hundreds of community language arts workshops, from large events to school performances and intimate classes- even a moving workshop on a bus!

Lauren’s interactive poetry project Holy Haiku has been the basis for other poems, including those included in a 2022 anthology, using this interactive fill-in-the-blank approach.