Centre College will welcome poet, essayist and editor Camille Dungy to campus on Thursday, April 4, as this year’s English program’s Bastian Lecture speaker. She will present on “The Environmental Writing of Our Time.” The event is a convocation and will take place at 8 p.m. in Vahlkamp Theater.
Dungy’s debut collection of personal essays is titled “Guidebook to Relative Strangers,” a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is also the author of four collections of poetry, most recently “Tropic Cascade,” winner of the Colorado Book Award.
Her other poetry collections are “Smith Blue,” finalist for the William Carlos Williams Award; “Suck on the Marrow,” winner of the American Book Award; and “What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison,” finalist for PEN the USA Literary Award for Poetry.
Dungy edited “Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry,” co-edited the “From the Fishouse” poetry anthology and served as assistant editor on “Gathering Ground: Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade.”
Her poems and essays have appeared in Best American Poetry, Best American Travel Writing, 100 Best African-American Poems, nearly 30 other anthologies, plus dozens of print and online venues, including Poetry, American Poetry Review, VQR, Guernica and Poets.org.
Other honors include two Northern California Book Awards, a California Book Award silver medal, two NAACP Image Award nominations, two Hurston/Wright Legacy Award nominations, fellowships from the Sustainable Arts Foundation and fellowships from the NEA in both poetry and prose.
Dungy is currently a professor in the English department at Colorado State University.
IF YOU GO
English program’s Bastian Lecture
“The Environmental Writing of Our Time”
April 4 at 8 p.m.
by Kerry Steinhofer
April 1, 2019