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.
Poets demonstrate and reflect: Black Lives Matter
Our poets continue to model humanity, expose the inanities of social injustice, and prod us to rise up against evil. ... Read More >
In the Company of Poets
Students reflect on the Furious Flower Poetry Conference, including meeting Rita Dove and Jericho Brown ... Read More >
Senior Austin Shifflett enters the "cryptic and uncanny world of Yusef Komunyakaa," a poet he found both imposing and inviting at ... Read More >
Patricia Smith: Golden Wordwoman
Senior Brittany Fisher regards Patricia Smith as a poet who deals with "some of the most controversial and untouchable topics." ... Read More >
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 >