‡ March 2, 2011
Poetry Reading by David Mills
‡ April 2, 2011
Lineage: The Margaret Walker Song Cycle featuring the World Premiere of For My People
‡ April 13, 2011
"GIVE ME LIBERATION AND GIVE ME SOUL: A POETIC EXPLORATION OF OPPRESSION VERSUS FREEDOM"
‡ June 19-25, 2011
Continuous Fire: A Seminar on the Poetry of Sonia Sanchez
‡ August 1-5, 2011
Furious Flower Poetry Center's 7th Annual Children's Poetry Camp
"Word Pebbles in a Pond"
‡ September 19, 2011
"An Artful Evening" - A fundraider held by the Furious Flower Poetry Center's Advisory Board
‡ September 22, 2011
Poetry Reading by Glenis Redmond on September 22, 2011
‡ February 27, 2010
Lineage: A Margaret Walker Song Cycle
‡ March 18 - 20, 2010
Furious Flower Collegiate Summit
‡ August 2 - 6, 2010
Furious Flower Poetry Center's 6th Annual Children's Poetry Camp
"A Storied World"
‡ July 7, 2010
NPR's Tribute to the 50th Anniversary of To Kill A Mockingbird
Lynn Neary recently produced a piece, 50 Years On, 'Mockingbird' Still Sings America's Song, exploring the impact that the novel To Kill A Mockingbird continues to have on its readers. Dr. Joanne Gabbin, Executive Director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center, was asked to participate in the program.
Gabbin read To Kill a Mockingbird when she was 17, and says that for her, it was a pivotal book. In Tom Robinson, the African-American man unjustly accused of rape, she saw not a victim, but a hero. He reminded her of her father and grandfather — African-American men who put up with untold humiliation in order to take care of their families. Atticus Finch gave her hope that there really were white people who would do the right thing — and she believes the book may have helped to make that a reality.
To listen to the program in its entirety, click on the link below.
‡ September 21, 2010
"73 Poems for 73 Years: Celebrating the Life of Lucille Clifton"
Joanne Gabbin and Nikki Giovanni hosted a memorial celebration for
Lucille Clifton at James Madison University. The program brought together
poets from all around the country who read her poems and reflected on her
life. Click here to learn more about the tribute program.
‡ November 1, 2010
Poetry Reading by Marilyn Nelson
‡ January, 2009
New Book Release: Mourning Katrina: A Poetic Response to Tragedy, Joanne Gabbin, editor
‡ February 2, 2009
Poetry Reading by Patricia Smith, Taylor 405
‡ March 23, 2009
Poetry Reading by Natasha Trethewey, Grafton Stovall Theater
‡ April 16, 2009
Poetry Reading by Ewuare Osayande, Taylor Down Under
‡ June 14-21, 2009
Tell Me Your Names: A Seminar on the Poetry of Lucille Clifton
‡ June 19, 2009
Poetry Reading by Lucille Clifton, Festival Ballroom C
‡ April 3, 2008
"In the Words of Langston Hughes" presented by David Mills, The Forum at Memorial Hall
‡ September 15, 2008
Showing and Panel Discussion of Spike Lee's film, "4 Little Girls", Memorial Hall Auditorium
‡ September 17, 2008
A Season of Hope: A Concert by Freedom Singer Rutha Harris, Memorial Hall Auditorium
‡ October 20, 2008
Poetry Reading by Cornelius Eady, Memorial Hall
‡ December 13, 2008
Moonlight Holiday Festival, presenting original poems, Edith Johnson Carrier Arboretum
‡ 2008 General
Pomegranate Communications published a calendar and boxed set of notecards based on the quilt created by artist Malaika Favorite, which was presented at the 2004 Furious Flower Conference.
‡ February 9, 2007
Poetry Reading and Reception featuring poet Tim Seibles, Highlands Room
‡ February 20, 2007
Visiting Scholar Dr. Bernard Bell, "The Globalization of African American Studies and Culture in China: From the Spirituals to Hip Hop". Taylor 405
‡ April 3, 2007
Poetry Reading by Terence Hayes, Loft, Warren Hall
‡ April 11, 2007
National Poetry Month Event, featuring Poetry and Music performed by JMU Faculty at the home of Dr. Louise Temple, 530 South Mason Street, Harrisonburg, Virginia
‡ August 10, 2007
Poetry Smorgasbord, Children's Poetry Camp, Memorial Hall Auditorium
‡ September 14, 2007
Furious Flower Calendar Release, Transitions Room, Warren Hall
‡ November 8, 2007
The Ringing Ear Tour: Black Poets Lean South, presented by Cave Canem and the Univerity of Georgia Press, hosted by Furious Flower. Memorial Hall
‡ February 27, 2006
Truth Is On Its Way: 35th Anniversary Celebration Concert featuring Nikki Giovanni. Wilson Hall Auditorium
‡ November 10, 2006
Jayne Cortez and the Firespitters, Wilson Hall Auditorium
‡ December 29th, 2006
Presentation and Sneak Preview of "Furious Flower II: The Black Poetic Tradition", hosted by Dr. Joanne Gabbin and special guest poet, Tony Medina. McKinley Room, Marriot Mezzanine
‡ August 6, 13 and 20, 2005
Poetry Camp 2005
‡ September 29-30, 2005
"Notes to Make the Sound Come Right: A Seminar and Poetry Reading by T. J. Anderson, III"