Furious Flower

Furious Flower: Regenerating the Black Poetic Tradition

Wed, 22 Sep 2004 1:00 PM - Sat, 25 Sep 2004 12:00 AM

Ten years after the first Furious Flower Poetry Conference, Dr. Joanne Gabbin staged an encore conference dedicated to Amiri Baraka and Sonia Sanchez, two architects of the Black Arts Movement. (Some controversy attended Baraka’s invitation to JMU. Read more at http://diverseeducation.com/article/4120/.) Under the banner of “regenerating the black poetic tradition,” audiences had the rare opportunity to see more than 50 poets and scholars share their work and comment on the development and the future of this genre.

In response, the award-winning activist poet Nikky Finney was moved to remark, “This is black poetry planet.”

Following this conference, JMU established the first and only academic center in the world dedicated to African American poetry, the Furious Flower Poetry Center, and made Gabbin its executive director.

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