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.
Coming in spring 2016: Furious Flower Collegiate Summit
Poetry as a Means of Reflection and Engagement
Kwame Alexander | Mahogany Browne | Meg Medina | Tony Medina
March 3-5, 2016 Furious Flower presents a creative writing conference designed to help college undergraduates reach a young adult (YA) readership. More generally, it will help students see how writing can become an instrument for activism with audiences of all ages. With workshops taught by leading poets, novelists, and authors of books for kids, students will address themes of writing about controversial subjects with young readers in mind, the music of poetry, and how to use powerful but accessible language to reach a diverse audience.
Our beautiful, decrepit selves: Interview with Ross Gay
Poet Ross Gay talks with Elizabeth Hoover about how gardening has changed his approach to writing, the importance of the body in his ... Read More >
Creativity in Bloom Among Community Children
August 3¿7, 2015, JMU's Furious Flower Poetry Center provided workshops to 77 children. Nearly 40% of them attended at no cost to ... Read More >
Fall 2015 Reading Series
Reginald Dwayne Betts (Sept. 17), Karenne Wood (Oct. 6), and Yona Harvey (Nov. 5) visit Furious Flower this fall to read at JMU. ... Read More >