Camille Dungy and “Trophic Cascade” at the 2020 Democratic National Convention

Tuesday August 18th marked the second night of the virtual 2020 Democratic National Convention. The daytime and pre-show schedule included many important caucus and council meetings. One meeting was held by the Council on the Environmental and Climate Crisis. Poet Camille Dungy was honored to be invited to read from her work during this event, alongside legislators, scholars, and climate experts. Dungy closed the program with her reading of “Characteristics of Life” from Trophic Cascade, published by Wesleyan University Press in 2017. Michelle Deatrick, Host and National Chair/Founder of the DNC Environment and Climate Crisis Council, was moved to tears by Dungy’s words. Read “Characteristics of Life” below and check out the rest of this year’s DNC schedule.



Camille Dungy reading from Trophic Cascade at the 2020 DNC

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Trophic Cascade by Camille Dungy


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