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Camille Dungy to Deliver Earth Day Keynote April 22

Camille Dungy, award-winning poet, essayist & editor of 'Black Nature,' will deliver 2018 Earth Day Keynote on April 22, 7 p.m., Overby Aud.

The University of Mississippi is excited to welcome Camille Dungy as the 2018 Earth Day Keynote Speaker. It will take place on Sunday, April 22 at 7 p.m. in Overby Auditorium.

Dungy is an award-winning poet and editor of Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry, the first-ever anthology specifically featuring nature writing by African American Poets. She is author of four collections of poetry: Trophic Cascade, Smith Blue, Suck on the Marrow, and What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison. Dungy has been featured in Best American Poetry, The 100 Best African American Poems, as well as nearly 30 other anthologies.

In 2017, she debuted in prose with Guidebook to Relative Strangers, a collection of personal essays documenting her experiences as a poet-lecturer traveling the country with her infant daughter. In Guidebook, Dungy simultaneously explores the complicated relationships between history, race, and landscape while also giving voice to her intimate experience as a mother and a woman of color in our country.

The Earth Day Keynote is sponsored by the UM environmental studies minor with support from the Office of Sustainability.