Welcome to Furious Flower
In “Second Sermon on the Warpland,” Pulitzer-Prize winner and former U.S. Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks writes,
cracks into furious flower. Lifts its face
all unashamed. And sways in wicked grace.
Taking its name from these lines in Brooks’ poem and dedicated to her literary legacy, Furious Flower is the nation’s only academic center devoted to African American poetry. We serve James Madison University, our local Harrisonburg community, and scholars everywhere with education, research, and publishing.
Coming in spring 2016: Furious Flower Collegiate Summit
Poetry as a Means of Reflection and Engagement
Kwame Alexander | Mahogany Browne | Meg Medina | Tony Medina
March 3-5, 2016 Furious Flower presents a creative writing conference designed to help college undergraduates reach a young adult (YA) readership. More generally, it will help students see how writing can become an instrument for activism with audiences of all ages. With workshops taught by leading poets, novelists, and authors of books for kids, students will address themes of writing about controversial subjects with young readers in mind, the music of poetry, and how to use powerful but accessible language to reach a diverse audience.
Nadine Pinede Reads Amiri Baraka
Writer Nadine Pinede reads KENYATTA LISTENING TO MOZART by Amiri Baraka, and talks about how it engages with and subverts categories. ... Read More >
Improvising and Experimenting: An Interview with Jayne Cortez
In this 2006 interview with Dr. Joanne Gabbin, Cortez describes how improvisation arises from the pairing of music and poetry, reflects on ... Read More >
Pushed and Pulled: Controversial Poet Visits JMU Despite Dissent in 2004
In 2004, Furious Flower's decision to honor Amiri Baraka created controversy despite his high profile as one of the most widely ... Read More >