Iowa City native Camille Dungy will read from and talk about her two latest books, Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys Into Race, Motherhood, and History, and Trophic Cascade, which is a collection of her poems about birth, death, and ecosystems of nature and power.
As a working mother whose livelihood as a poet-lecturer depended on travel, Dungy crisscrossed America with her infant, then toddler, intensely aware of how they are seen, not just as mother and child, but as black women. Across the nation, she finds fear and trauma, and also mercy, kindness, and community.
Dungy is the award winning author of numerous books and is currently a Professor in the English Department at Colorado State University.
“Calm, lucid, and sturdy, Dungy's account stares down the effects and unevenly distributed burdens of our shared past and present with clear eyes, full heart, and the kind of dedication to fact, feeling, and history that we truly need now, as ever.” —Maggie Nelson