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Cultivating Place: SOIL: The Story of a Black Mother's Garden, with Camille Dungy

Images courtesy of Camille Dungy, all rights reserved. Bio Picture credit: Blue Flower Arts.
Images courtesy of Camille Dungy, all rights reserved. Bio Picture credit: Blue Flower Arts.

As we head into the exuberance of May and towards Mother’s Day celebrations here in the U.S., this week, we speak again with award-winning poet, scholar, and University Distinguished Professor at CSU, Colorado: Camille Dungy. 

Her newest book, Soil: The Story of A Black Mother’s Garden, just published on Tuesday, May 2nd, from Simon & Schuster. SOIL is a rich exploration into and celebration of ancestry and being an ancestor; about what it means to be human, about motherhood, writing, gardening, biodiversity, grief, beauty, joy, and above all, SOIL is about the tenacious hope for growth. Join us!

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Jennifer Jewell is the creator and host of the national award-winning, weekly public radio program and podcast, Cultivating Place: Conversations on Natural History & the Human Impulse to Garden, Jennifer Jewell is a gardener, garden writer, and gardening educator and advocate. Particularly interested in the intersections between gardens, the native plant environments around them, and human culture, she is the daughter of garden and floral designing mother and a wildlife biologist father.
Matt Fidler is a producer and sound designer with over 15 years’ experience producing nationally distributed public radio programs. He has worked for shows such as Freakonomics Radio, Selected Shorts, Studio 360, The New Yorker Radio Hour and The Takeaway. In 2017, Matt launched the language podcast Very Bad Words, hitting the #28 spot in the iTunes podcast charts.