Camille T. Dungy is author of Suck on the Marrow and What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison, a finalist for the PEN Center USA 2007 Literary Award, and the Library of Virginia 2007 Literary Award. She is editor of Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry and co-editor of From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great. Dungy has received fellowships from organizations including the National Endowment for the Arts, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, Cave Canem, the Dana Award, and Bread Loaf. She is currently an associate professor in the Creative Writing Department at San Francisco State University. Dungy graduated from Stanford University and the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, where she earned her MFA. She teaches at San Francisco State University and lives in San Francisco, California. This author appears as part of the tenth anuual AViD (Authors Visiting in Des Moines) Author Series presented by the Des Moines Public Library.