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Submission deadline - Furious Flower Call for Papers

Sat, 1 Feb 2014 12:00 AM - 12:00 PM

2014 Furious Flower Poetry Conference:
Seeding the Future of African American Poetry

Submission Deadline: February 1, 2014

The Furious Flower Poetry Center at James Madison University invites you to submit your proposal for a paper or panel on African American and black diasporic poetry and criticism for our third decade-defining conference.

The three-day conference (September 24–27, 2014) will examine the significance and development of black poetic expression over the last century, assess the current conversations and controversies in the field, and suggest new avenues of inquiry. The conference will examine the impact of African American poetry on poets and scholars around the world, with an emphasis on emerging voices. Marking the twentieth year since our historic 1994 conference, this conference asks “what’s next” for black poetic expression. Major conference themes include

The Emerging Writer: How MFA programs, poetry workshops, and literary collectives are making way for emerging voices

The Changing Same: What the changing yet ever-prevalent influence of music and the oral tradition suggests for the future development of black poetry

Honoring the Poetic Voice: How the recognition of poetic genius has changed over the last 50 years

Queer Poetics: The ways in which the voices of black writers challenge cultural mythologies and stereotypes of sexuality and gender

The Black Avant-Garde: How poets have made homes for themselves under the banners of “experimental” writing and of “black” writing while confronting questions about authenticity and allegiance

Hard-won Freedoms: How the gains of the Black Arts Movement created spaces for aesthetic diversity

Gendered Readings: The ways in which the contested terrain of representations of black bodies is shaped by trauma and memory

Diasporic Poetry: How black poetry is crossing, expanding, and challenging borders


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