Camille featured in tea for teaching podcast!

Episode 152: Motherhood, Poetry, and Academia

“Pursuing degrees and careers without role models can be challenging, no matter what the discipline. In this episode, Camille Dungy, an academic,  mother, and poet, shares her journey as a learner, teacher, and writer.


Camille is a professor in the English Department at Colorado State University, and the author of Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood, and History, a finalist for the National Book Critics Award. She is the author of four collections of poetry for which she has received many, many awards, including the Colorado Book Award, and the American Book Award. Her poems have been published in dozens of anthologies, many of which begin with the word “best” in the title. Camille is a recipient of a 2019  Guggenheim Fellowship, and many other awards and fellowships.”


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Camille to Read at the DNC Climate Council

“WHAT: DNC Council on the Environment and Climate Crisis Democratic Convention Event

WHEN: Tuesday, August 18th, 4:00pm CT/5:00pm ET (2 hours)


  • Michelle Deatrick, Founder and Chair, DNC Council on the Environment & Climate Crisis

  • Jay Inslee, Washington Governor and former presidential candidate

  • Keith Ellison, Minnesota Attorney General and former U.S. Representative

  • Tom Steyer, environmentalist and philanthropist

  • Camille T. Dungy, poet and editor

  • Costa Constantanides, Council Member (District 22), New York City Council and Chair, New York City Council Committee on Environmental Protection

  • Danielle Deiseroth, Climate Data Analyst, Data for Progress

  • Ilona Josefina Duverge, Co-Founder and NYC Director, Movement School

  • Paulette Jordan, Democratic Nominee for US Senate (Idaho) & DNC Council on Environment and Climate Crisis Executive Board member

  • Peggy Shepard, Executive Director and Co-Founder, WE ACT For Environmental JusticeShannon Holsey, President, Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians

WHERE: Delegates and members of the public can register for the virtual event here.”

Guidebook to Relative Strangers featured on The Rumpus’s “WHAT TO READ WHEN YOU WANT TO CELEBRATE MOTHERS” List

“As a working mother whose livelihood as a poet-lecturer depended on travel, Camille 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. With exceptional candor and grace, Dungy explores our inner and outer worlds―the intimate and vulnerable experiences of raising a child, living with illness, conversing with strangers, and counting on others’ goodwill. Across the nation, she finds fear and trauma, and also mercy, kindness, and community. Penetrating and generous, Guidebook to Relative Strangers is an essential guide for a troubled land.”


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Camille is named a University Distinguished Professor at Colorado State University

“Her record of creative activity is simply outstanding: scores of individual poems and essays, with over 25 works selected for anthologized publication, five sole-authored collections of poetry [and prose], and three edited collections from top-tier publishers, in addition to nearly 100 public appearances at esteemed venues such as the Poetry Foundation, the Newberry Library, Stanford University and Vanderbilt University,” College of Liberal Arts Dean Ben Withers wrote in an endorsement of Dungy’s nomination. “As her selection as one of the 16 writers for the New York Times 1619 Project shows, Professor Dungy’s work brings honor and recognition to Colorado State University in ways that few faculty can match.”


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