“We asked 16 writers to bring consequential moments in African-American history to life. Here are their poems and stories.“
“rock the other mother’s babies down
slowly slowly slowly—maybe for four—yes
—for four hundred years —slowly slowly
—slowly rock the gone now babies down—
you know how a boat rocks on a calm”
“An eloquent exploration of the intersection between motherhood and racial identity, Dungy’s collection of essays illuminates the experience of being a black woman raising a young daughter. As the poet-author travels the world, touching down in a range of locations including Virginia, California, and Ghana, she digs into the history of American racism and offers maternally-informed guidance for negotiating its legacy.” Check out the list here!
“Rejecting the refrain ‘there are no words,’ Camille T. Dungy reaches for a language to encompass the experience of loss, extinction, and loneliness.”
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On Friday, June 29, in recognition of her work in the field, Camille Dungy was inducted as an Honorary Member of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE). This honor was bestowed during the organization’s biennial conference, held this year at UC Davis in California. Fellow 2019 honorees include Michael Branch, Mark Long and Ursula Heine. Camille Dungy was introduced by Elizabeth Dodd. (Branch, Long and Heine were introduced respectively by Lauren LaFauci, Erin James, and Heather Sullivan.)
“Those of us familiar with Alabama’s history aren’t particularly surprised to read about a law that will disproportionately and negatively affect women of color and women without the financial means to take themselves and their bodies away from that state. You know, I want to tell people who don’t know about this long and ugly history, you should read books on the subject published recently by Bettina Judd, Kwoya Fagin Maples, and Dominique Christina.”
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.”
Read more about the anthology here!