The Hermitage Artist Retreat invites you to a beach reading on Friday, June 15th at 7:00 pm

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The Hermitage Artist Retreat invites you to a beach reading on Friday, June 15th at 7:00 pm.

Bring your beach chairs and blankets and any refreshments to enjoy, when you meet and hear Poet and Essayist Camille Dungy read excerpts from her work on the beachfront that borders the historic Hermitage campus at 6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood. Those who attend are welcome to stay for Mother Nature’s sunset at 8:26 pm. There is no cost to attend but reservations are required in case the event is moved indoors where space is more limited. To make your reservations, send an email to [email protected].

“Camille is a returning fellow whose work is well known to poetry lovers,” remarked Bruce E. Rodgers, executive director. “In addition, she is a university professor so her presentation is bound to be interesting and captivating. Come out and enjoy this special summer evening at the Hermitage.”

Camille T. Dungy has published four collections of poetry, Tropic Cascade; Smith Blue; Suck on the Marrow; What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison; and a recent book of personal essays entitled Guide to Relative Strangers. Her work has been published in nearly 30 anthologies and more than 100 print and online journals. Among her many honors are an American Book Award, two Northern California Book Awards, two NAACP Image Award nominations and a California Book Award silver medal. She has also received fellowship and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Sustainable Arts Foundation, The Diane Middlebrook Residency Fellowship for the Djerassi Resident Artist program and others. Currently, she is an English Professor at Colorado State University.

Patricia Caswell, co-founder and program director shares, “Camille is at the Hermitage with her daughter and other artist families during summer family weeks.  While parents create serious work, the children make lasting memories of their own.  It’s something we offer that is extremely rare and enormously valued by these artists and families. Who knows? In a few decades, the kids might be back as artists in residence themselves!” 

The Hermitage is a not-for-profit artist retreat located at 6660 Manasota Key Road in Englewood, FL. It invites accomplished painters, sculptors, writers, playwrights, poets, composers and other artists from all over the world for residencies on its beachfront historic campus. Many of these artists are Pulitzer Prize, Tony, Emmy, Grammy and MacArthur “Genius” Award winners. Artists are asked to interact with the community during their stay and as a result, Hermitage artists touch thousands of Gulf Coast community residents with unique and inspiring programs each year. Hermitage community programs are sponsored in part by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida (Section 286.25, Florida Statutes), and the Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenues. In addition, the Hermitage awards and administers the prestigious Greenfield Prize, an annual $30,000 commission for a new work of art, rotating among visual art, music and drama. The Hermitage also partners with the Aspen Music Festival and School to award the annual Hermitage Prize to a composition student during the Festival. For more information about The Hermitage Artist Retreat, call 941-475-2098, ext. 5, or visit the website at

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