Outside Magazine includes Camille Dungy in the article “Women Writing About the Wild: 25 Essential Authors.” “The following list is in no way definitive, but if you want a primer on some of the best nature writing you probably haven’t read yet, you’d do well to start with these 25 women.”
Edwidge Danticat says this about Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Part memoir, part travelogue, part parental guide, this book is a stunningly beautiful love letter from a mother to her daughter to help her daughter embrace the world she lives in, to introduce her to her ancestors, and prepare her for the future.
Thanks to The Brooklyn Rail for including Trophic Cascade in the list of 25 Best Books of Poetry for 2017!.
Guidebook to Relative Strangers joins another wonderful list!
“In every essay, Dungy is incisive and revealing, both of her own experience and of the state of the world as she sees it.”
Beth Kephart of Juncture Notes interviews Camille Dungy about writing Guidebook to Relative Strangers.
Read the interview here.
Though garnering less attention, one of the biggest challenges facing our lives today is climate change and the destruction of the natural world — and Camille T. Dungy’s poetry collection, Smith Blue, portrays humanity as both the antagonist and the antagonized when it comes to the environment, drawing attention to the damaging environmental effects of modern living as well as humans’ own vulnerability to nature.
Another Camille T. Dungy collection to make this list, Trophic Cascade will make you think deeply about environmental degradation and disaster, and the legacy today’s humans are leaving the generations of tomorrow. Dungy’s poems speak to survival and resilience, new life and death, nature and power, and the roles of both fragility and endurance in the world.
“Some essay collections challenge your intellect, others break open your heart, a few grant a new way of seeing, and occasionally one sings a song you feel in your bones. It’s rare that a collection hits all four notes, yet Camille T. Dungy’s first collection of essays, Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood, and History (W.W. Norton, 2017) does so with impressive range, ambition, and timeliness.”