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  • Dec 5: Winter Wishes - Children's Poetry Contest
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Welcome to Furious Flower

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In “Second Sermon on the Warpland,” Pulitzer-Prize winner and former U.S. Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks writes,

The time
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, the Furious Flower Poetry Center cultivates, honors, and promotes the diverse voices of African American writers. Our programs bring together established and emerging poets, along with students and faculty from universities across the nation. 

We serve James Madison University, the Harrisonburg community, and scholars everywhere with education, research, and publishing.