Eco-Justice for All! Reading with Camille T. DungyThursday, July 29, 2021 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
This is a virtual-only event streamed on City of Asylum’s virtual platform, City of Asylum @ Home.
Run time: 60 minutes
About the performance:
City of Asylum is excited to present Camille T. Dungy, author of Trophic Cascade and editor of Black Nature: Four Centuries of African Nature Poetry and History in the series Eco-Justice for All! Poetry Confronts Climate Catastrophe. Dungy has introduced new ways of thinking about nature poetry while honoring the contribution of African American poets in this genre. In Trophic Cascade, Dungy writes through despair into hope on the subject of environmental degradation. Poet Laureate of Allegheny County Celeste Gainey will join Camille T. Dungy in conversation about her work and approach to writing with environmental justice in mind.
“For the past quarter century, Camille Dungy’s poetry has been in the vanguard, not only with her own collections, but especially with her editing of the 2009 anthology, Black Nature, restoring so many African American poets as rightful inventors and innovators within the canon of American eco-poetry. Her poems have a dignity and humanity that speaks to all.” –Celeste Gainey
About Eco-Justice for All! Poetry Confronts Climate Catastrophe:
How can poets use language to reveal, grapple with, even influence the urgent climate crisis and all those it affects? City of Asylum’s Poet Laureate of Allegheny County proposes an inquiry at the intersection of climate, social justice, and poetry. What happens when we explore this intersection in community to make a caring way through the Anthropocene? We invite you to join us in this questioning.
About the poets:
Camille T. Dungy is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Trophic Cascade (Wesleyan UP, 2017), winner of the Colorado Book Award, and the essay collection Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood and History (W.W. Norton, 2017), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Dungy has also edited anthologies including Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry and From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great. A 2019 Guggenheim Fellow, her honors include NEA Fellowships in poetry (2003) and prose (2018), an American Book Award, two NAACP Image Award nominations, and two Hurston/Wright Legacy Award nominations. Dungy’s poems have been published in Best American Poetry, The 100 Best African American Poems, the Pushcart Anthology, Best American Travel Writing, and over thirty other anthologies. She is University Distinguished Professor at Colorado State University.
Celeste Gainey is the author of the poetry collection, the GAFFER, (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press) and is currently serving as the Poet Laureate of Allegheny County. Her chapbook, In the land of speculation & seismography (Seven Kitchens Press), was runner-up for the prestigious Robin Becker Prize. Graduating with a BFA in Film & Television from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, as well as earning an MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry from Carlow University, Gainey was the first woman to be admitted to the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees as a gaffer, and has spent many years working with light in film and architecture.