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UMFK Lecture Series Presents Camille Dungy

March 14, 2011


Camille T. Dungy, an award-winning author and teacher of creative writing, will appear on the campus during the University of Maine at Fort Kent’s Presidential Spring Lecture Series. Dungy will present on her anthology entitled, “Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry” on Thursday, March 17 at 7 p.m. in Nadeau Hall teleconference room. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Black Nature is the first anthology to focus on nature writing by African American poets.  Dungy has selected 180 poems from 93 poets that provide unique perspectives on American social and literary history to broaden our concept of nature poetry and African American poetics. This collection features major writers, such as Phillis Wheatley, Rita Dove, Yusef Komunyakaa, Gwendolyn Brooks, Sterling Brown, Robert Hayden, Wanda Coleman, Natasha Trethewey, Nikki Giovanni, and Melvin B. Tolson, as well as newer talents, such as Douglas Kearney, Amber Flora Thomas, Major Jackson, and Janice Harrington.
Camille Dungy is author of Suck on the Marrow and What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison, a finalist for the PEN Center USA 2007 Literary Award and the Library of Virginia 2007 Literary Award.
She is editor of Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry, coeditor of From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great, and assistant editor of Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade
Dungy has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Cave Canem, the Dana Award, the American Antiquarian Society, and the Sewanee Writers' Conference. Once the ‘Writer-in-Residence’ at Rocky Mountain National Park, Dungy also has been awarded fellowships and residencies by The Corporation of Yaddo, The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Norton Island/Eastern Frontier Society, and the Ragdale Foundation.
Camille Dungy is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of North Carolina, Greensboro’s MFA Program, Dungy currently is an associate professor in the Creative Writing department at San Francisco State University. Her poems have been published widely in anthologies and print and on-line journals.
UMFK’s Annual Presidential Lecture Series provides a platform for intellectual discourse among campus community participants, as part of UMFK’s Strategic Plan for Excellence. The Series, which will foster an environment of academic inquiry and excellence, will bring to campus a variety of renowned scholars, speakers, authors, and poets.
For more information on the presentation, please contact Dr. Jenny Radsma at 834-7586 or by e-mail: