University Distinguished Professor Camille Dungy is a professor in the Department of English. Her 2017 debut prose collection of personal essays, Guidebook to Relative Strangers, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her 2017 poetry collection Trophic Cascade won the 2018 Colorado Book Award for poetry, and both of those books were finalists for the 2018 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. In 2017, Dungy won a prestigious creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts; in 2019 she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and contributed to the New York Times’ 1619 Project.
Her other poetry collections are Smith Blue, finalist for the William Carlos Williams Award; Suck on the Marrow, winner of the American Book Award; and What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison, finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Poetry. She was the editor of Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry. Dungy is a two-time recipient of the Northern California Book Award, a Silver Medal Winner in the California Book Award, and a two-time NAACP Image Award nominee. She was a finalist in 2011 for the Balcones Prize.
Her poems and essays have appeared in Best American Poetry, Best American Travel Writing, 100 Best African American Poems, nearly 30 other anthologies, plus dozens of print and online venues, including Poetry, American Poetry Review, VQR, Guernica and Poets.org.
Dungy earned her M.F.A. from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 1997.