Events and Announcements

JMU’s Visiting Writers Series:

Eric Pankey
Author of Crow-Work, Dismantling the Angel, Trace, The Pear as One Example, Reliquaries, Cenotaph, Oracle Figures, The Late Romances, and more.

          Eric Pankey is the author of ten collections of poetry, most recently Crow-Work from Milkweed Editions. He is currently the Heritage Chair in Writing and Professor of English at George Mason University, where he teaches in the BFA and MFA Programs. His work has been support by fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, The Ingram Merrill Foundation and the Brown Foundation. His poems and essays have appeared widely in journals such as The Iowa Review, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The Kenyon Review. A new collection, Augury, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions in 2017.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Taylor Hall, Room 400
“Writers at Work Conversation”
11:15am–12:30pm & 1:25–2:40pm
Followed by a Reading from 4:00–5:00pm



Furious Flower Poetry Center 2015 Spring Reading Series

          On Feb. 9, Mar. 19, and Apr. 1, 2015 Furious Flower presents three poets on the JMU campus. For more than 20 years, this academic center has been bringing established and emerging poets to Harrisonburg to provide students and the local community with opportunities to experience live readings. All of the readings are free and open to the public.

          Feb. 9 at 4pm in Festival’s Highlands Room | A Pushcart Prize winner, Kamilah Aisha Moon will feature poems from She Has a Name (2013), which tells the story of a young woman with autism from multiple points of view. The speakers in these poems—sisters, mother, father, teacher—pursue answers to questions science can’t yet answer: “Autism, the one-drop rule for minds / we strain to understand, the catch-all…” While seeking to understand, the speakers yearn to protect the young woman—“The last thing / I ever wanted was to let her / down,” says the Father. Whether protector or questioner, each voice strives to understand their own feelings of love, awe, and guilt toward this remarkable young woman with autism. - See more at

          Mar. 19 at 4pm at the Duke Hall Gallery | Rachel Eliza Griffiths’ full-length collection, Mule & Pear (2011), was selected for the 2012 Inaugural Poetry Award by the Black Caucus American Library Association. In it, the speakers echo and respond to some of the most important black women characters in the literature of the past 100 years. Both a poet and photographer, Griffiths teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College. Fittingly, her reading takes place in the Duke Hall Gallery and will help launch her latest book, Lighting the Shadow (2015) and showcase some of her images in the gallery. - See more at

          Apr. 1 at 4pm in Taylor 405 | As a founding board member of the Community Orchard of Bloomington, IN, Ross Gay is deeply dedicated to sustainability—something that comes through in his abundant and ecstatic poetry. His third collection of poetry A Catalogue of Unabashed Gratitude (2015) focuses on the themes of planting and gardening. “This is a book that studies the wisdom of the garden and orchard,” he says, “those places where all—death, sorrow, loss—is converted into what might, with patience, nourish us.” - See more at









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