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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, Furious Flower is the nation’s first academic center devoted to African American poetryWe serve James Madison University, our local Harrisonburg community, and scholars everywhere with education, research, and publishing.

Coming this summer: Furious Flower’s 12th Annual Children’s Poetry Camp

Wor(l)d Explorers

Photos from our 2015 Children's Poetry Camp

August 1-5, 2016 | Rising third to eighth graders (ages 7 to 13) become "Wor(l)d Explorers" at our annual Children’s Poetry Camp. This day camp (no overnight stay) for both girls and boys starts at 9am and concludes at 2pm each day on the JMU campus. Our program includes age-appropriate workshops on writing, movement, visual art, and rhythm-making. This is an integrated arts camp with an emphasis on expression, inclusion, and fun.

Join us for a week of creativity this summer!




  • Apr 1: JMU's Longest Poem - National Poetry Month project
  • Apr 14: Poet Tree Reading - student and community reading
  • Aug 1: Wor(l)d Explorers! - Children's Poetry Camp
  • Sep 29: Throw Your Head Back and Sing - tribute to Maya Angelou
  • Jun 18: Yusef Komunyakaa - legacy seminar