The Environmental Studies Minor, the Office of Sustainability, and the MFA program in English will host the 2018 Earth Day Speaker, poet and essayist Camille Dungy, April 22, 7 p.m., in Bondurant Auditorium. Her talk will be titled “It’s ALL Environmental Writing.”
Camille Dungy is author of Smith Blue (Southern Illinois University Press, 2011), winner of the 2010 Crab Orchard Open Book Prize, Suck on the Marrow(Red Hen Press, 2010), and What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison (Red Hen Press, 2006).
Dungy, a professor of English at Colorado State University, is editor of Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry (UGA, 2009), co-editor of From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great (Persea, 2009), and assistant editor of Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem s First Decade (University of Michigan Press, 2006).
A two-time recipient of the Northern California Book Award (2010 and 2011), Silver Medal Winner in the California Book Award (2011), and two-time NAACP Image Award nominee (2010 and 2011), Dungy has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Sustainable Arts Foundation, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, Cave Canem, the Dana Award, and Bread Loaf. Her poems and essays have been published widely in anthologies and print and online journals.