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Distinguished author reception: Camille Dungy

April 11, 2014

Camille Dungy, professor of English at Colorado State, is author of 'Smith Blue,' winner of the 2010 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Book Prize. Her poems and essays have been published widely in anthologies and print and online journals.

Dungy teaches an advanced upper division poetry workshop and a graduate level literature class at CSU. As an author, she's won numerous book awards. Wednesday, April 16
4-6 p.m.
Johnson Hall
Room 108

Author reception

Camille Dungy, professor of English at Colorado State University, will be honored at a Distinguished Author Reception April 16, 4-6 p.m., 108 Johnson Hall on the CSU campus. 

The reception is free and open to the public, and hosted by the School of Global Environmental Sustainability at CSU.

Copies of Dungy’s recent book, Smith Blue, will be available for purchase and refreshments will be served.

'Gorgeous and powerful book'

In a review of Smith Blue, Alan Shapiro, author of Old War, wrote, "Exquisite moments of intimacy caught in the meshes of history, of human depredation registered in language as plainspoken as it is rich in implication, Smith Blue by Camille Dungy is a gorgeous and powerful book, one of the best I've read in recent years."

Questions of love, loss, nature

Smith Blue offers a survival guide for the modern heart as Dungy takes on 21st-century questions of love, loss, and nature.

From a myriad of lenses, these poems examine the human capacity for perseverance in the wake of heartbreak; the loss of beloved heroes and landscapes; and our determination in the face of everyday struggles.

Creating/suffering from catastrophe

The poems explore the dual nature of our presence on the planet, juxtaposing the devastation caused by human habitation with our own vulnerability to the capricious whims of our environment. In doing so, they reveal with fury and tenderness the countless ways in which we both create and are victims of catastrophe.

In the end, the book demonstrates how we are all intertwined, regardless of race or species, living and loving as best we are able in the shadows of both man-made and natural follies.

Contact: Kate Jeracki