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Camille T. Dungy Talks with Lookout Books

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Camille T. Dungy, who contributed the essay “Differentiation” to Trespass: Ecotone Essayists Beyond the Boundaries of Place, Identity, and Feminism, reflects on how the collection is sparking new conversations and creating space for women’s stories.

“It’s just delightful to be part of an anthology of other rebellious women who are also resisting the boundaries that are set for their imaginations and the possibilities of who they can be,” Dungy says. “Literature of this moment is stepping up to the challenge and is really speaking to the needs of now.”

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. She has edited anthologies including Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry.

Her honors include NEA Fellowships in poetry (2003) and prose (2018), an American Book Award, two Northern California Book Awards, two NAACP Image Award nominations, and two Hurston/Wright Legacy Award nominations. Her poems have been published in Best American Poetry, The 100 Best African American Poems, and more than thirty other anthologies. She is a professor at Colorado State University.

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