From Camille: “New Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of Writing by Women of African Descent, edited by Margaret Busby and published in the US by Amistad Books, contains 990 pages of glory! I’m thrilled to be part of this book. I’m thrilled this book exists in the world. I have read the original Daughters of Africa anthology like a sacred text. Published 25 years ago, it gathered so many legendary voices. Pick up this new book soon. The introduction by Margaret Busby is as gorgeous and expansive as the other 990 pages you’ll read! Writers from the US and all over the world. Poetry, fiction, nonfiction! This could be the one book I’d take to a deserted island. Reading it, I would not be alone.”
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“Our annual Writing Contests Issue features an in-depth look at how submissions are evaluated and winners are chosen, plus insight from six recent winners; a profile of Utah state poet laureate Paisley Rekdal on the release of her new book, Nightingale; Camille T. Dungy’s guide to living and writing; William Giraldi on author envy; articles on freelance editing and negotiating a contract; tips for successful self-publishing; writing prompts; agent advice; and more.”
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“On April 9, 2019, the Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation approved the awarding of Guggenheim Fellowships to a diverse group of 168 scholars, artists, and writers. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants in the Foundation’s ninety-fifth competition.”
See the full list of recipients here.
“One of my fondest memories of Camille (and here, out of affection, I must refer to her by her first name) is eating lunch at her house with her husband and small daughter. We spoke of food that day in her sunlit kitchen, and we spoke of it again a few years later when I was pregnant with my daughter and suffering the effects of morning sickness. ‘Stone fruit,’ Camille prescribed without hesitation.” Read more here!
“It’s all personal if you’re alive and trying to walk out into the world. It’s also always political.”
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“The Georgia Review’s Fall issue offers a look at the changing nature of environmental writing in the age of the Anthropocene. The Winter issue showcases new works of fiction in a feature titled “Here, There, Then, Now: Stories from Six Worlds.” Both are bound together in a handsome and uniquely designed double issue, which includes new work from nearly 50 writers as well as two full art portfolios…”
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“If an author chooses not to engage with what we often call the natural world, that very disengagement makes a statement about the author’s relationship with her environment; even indifference to the environment directly affects the world about which a writer might purport to be indifferent. ”
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When I die, I hope they talk about me
like they talk about the recently dead
president who oversaw the bombing
of countless children. Headlines today recall
his beloved three-year-old girl,
who he apparently hopes to meet
when he gets to heaven. . .
[ Read more at The Rumpus]