Co-presented with RAINIER WRITING WORKSHOP at Pacific Lutheran University.
This evening we welcome noted poet Camille Dungy from her Colorado home, here with both a new book of poems, and a much-heralded major prose work. The latter, Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood, and History (W.W. Norton), has just been released.
“An elegant, meditative love letter to the life of the writer, the natural world, histories from which we cannot nor should not extricate ourselves, black womanhood, black motherhood, and the unabashed joy of raising up a black girl… [A]s intimate as it is expansive.” — Roxane Gay.
“Dungy’s prose is like the landscapes she has known: rich, fertile, astoundingly beautiful, and also singular and exacting. What better a voice to explore the rapture of motherhood, the fraught vulnerability of living in a black body, and the beautiful intimacy that can arise between near strangers? Guidebook to Relative Strangers is world-enlarging and indispensable.” — Tracy K. Smith.
Also newly in hand is the poetry collection, Trophic Cascade (Wesleyan University Press).
“Earthly and visionary, a soulful reckoning for our twenty-first century, held in focus through echoes of the past and future, but always firmly rooted in now. Each poem is a bridge in the music of a language that we believe and trust, that heals.”—Yusef Komunyakaa.
Camille Dungy is also known for anthologies she’s edited, notably Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry. Thanks to Pacific Lutheran University and Rick Bardot for making this visit possible.