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 first academic center devoted to African American poetry. We serve James Madison University, our local Harrisonburg community, and scholars everywhere with education, research, and publishing.
Throw Your Head Back and Sing:
A Tribute to Maya Angelou
Featuring performances by more than 20 poets and vocalists
Both poetry reading and musical concert, this tribute to one of America’s most popular writers echoes Angelou’s own frequent pairing of two art forms, spoken word and spirituals.
Buy tickets from the Forbes Center’s box office: (540) 568-7000 or JMU.edu/forbescenter
Supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
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First Furious Flower poet-in-residence
DaMaris Hill spent two weeks with Furious Flower this spring to develop her poetry on women of resistance. ... Read More >
Remembering Michael S. Harper (1938-2016)
Poet Michael S. Harper died on May 7, 2016. Furious Flower's executive director, Joanne Gabbin, remembers their literary kinship. ... Read More >
NEA awards Furious Flower $10,000
The Art Works grant supports production of "Throw Your Head Back and Sing: A Tribute to Maya Angelou," which will be presented at ... Read More >
- Aug 1: Wor(l)d Explorers! - Children's Poetry Camp
- Sep 22: Maya Angelou: Poetry That Travels - panel discussion
- Sep 29: Throw Your Head Back and Sing - tribute to Maya Angelou
- Oct 13: Danez Smith - poetry reading
- Nov 10: Lauren K. Alleyne - poetry reading
- Mar 23: Gregory Pardlo - poetry reading
- Jun 18: Yusef Komunyakaa - legacy seminar