Back to All Events

Camille Dungy | Spirit Lake Poetry Series

  • Prøve Gallery 21 North Lake Avenue Duluth, MN, 55802 United States (map)

Recently called one of the “10 Young American Poets Changing the Face of Poetry” (, 2015), Dungy is the author of Smith Blue, which won Southern Illinois University Press’ 2010 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition. Dungy’s other two collections are Suck on the Marrow (2010) and What to Eat, What to Drink (2006), both from Red Hen Press. Her poems and essays have also been published widely in anthologies, as well as in print and online journals.

Praising Smith Blue, reviewers called the collection “gorgeous and powerful” (Alan Shapiro) and described the poems as “large, open-hearted lyrics about love: its pleasure, its neglect, loss and remembrance” (Ed Roberson). Of Suck on the Marrow, poet Natasha Trethewey said that it “explores the lives of African Americans the 19th Century, illuminating parts of slave and free black experience that are often overlooked. Plainspoken and unflinching, these poems enter the interior landscapes of the characters’ psyches to examine the nature of desire and longing and loss.”

Dungy is editor of Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry (UGA, 2009); co-editor of From the Fishouse: An anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great (Persea, 2009); and assistant editor of Gathering Ground (University of Michigan Press, 2006), which was released to celebrate the first decade of Cave Canem, a program committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets. Dungy has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, Cave Canem, the Dana Award, and Bread Loaf. She has won multiple awards for her work and is currently a professor in the English department at Colorado State University.