Look back at 1994: The historic first Furious Flower Conference
In 1994, JMU's Dr. Joanne Gabbin hosted the first Furious Flower Poetry Conference, drawing such literary luminaries as Gwendolyn ... Read More >
Poetry Foundation and NEA recognize Furious Flower Poetry Center
Two prestigious organizations will help fund the 2014 Furious Flower Poetry Conference, hosted by the nation's only academic center ... Read More >
Return to 'black poetry planet'
Sept. 24-27, 2014, JMU hosts the largest conference on African American poetry, featuring readings by the most revered living black poets ... Read More >
Furious Flower presents Rita Dove, other legendary poets
Once again, Dr. Joanne Gabbin gathers the leading lights of African American poetry at JMU this fall. ... Read More >
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, 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.