Furious Flower

Furious Flower III - film screening and panel discussion

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

This event in Madison Union/Taylor 405 is free and open to the public.

Furious Flower Poetry Center gives you an abbreviated look at its new film series, which features prominent writers and critics reading their work and discussing aspects of African American poetry. Light refreshments provided. Following the movie, Furious Flower’s founder and executive director Dr. Joanne Gabbin hosts a panel discussion with Judith McCray, Emmy-award winning producer of Furious Flower III; John Hodges, director/editor of Furious Flower III and Technology Manager for JMU’s School of Media Arts and Design, where he is also an adjunct professor; and Dr. Besi Muhonja, JMU professor of Africana Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, and East African Cultures.

“ ... some of the most exciting poetry and perceptive critical insights of the past decade.” 
—California Newsreel


“Furious Flower is a prayer, and these Voices are the sermon, the song, the hope that our work has been good work. We do not ask for salvation with this collection, just that we be heard.” 
Nikki Giovanni, Virginia Tech

Viewed in its entirety, Furious Flower III: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry is a film series offering the unprecedented opportunity to watch thirty-two of today’s leading African American poets reading from their work and discussing the critical issues shaping this vibrant poetic tradition. Its four video volumes compile close to five hours of highlights from the landmark national poetry summit sponsored once a decade by the Furious Flower Poetry Center at James Madison University, the country’s only academic venue devoted to the study of African American poetry.

Together with Furious Flower I (1998) and II (2005) — now newly available for digital download — this third title constitutes a video anthology of some of the most exciting poetry and perceptive critical insights of the past decade. Any teacher, poet, student or reader who has followed the current flowering of African American verse would want to have attended this seminal event, and now on video they can.

Guest parking is available without a permit in the Grace Street Parking Deck beginning at 3:30pm before the screening. All parking regulations for JMU students, faculty and staff will remain in effect, and students attending the event are required to park in appropriate student parking lots with a JMU parking permit. Regular enforcement will continue in other parking lots, and you may receive a parking citation if parked in restricted lots. Parking is prohibited in specialty spaces such as Service Vehicle spaces, handicap spaces without proper permit, or expired meters. Parking is also prohibited in Fire Lanes.
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This event is presented in partnership with the Center for Multicultural Student Services.

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