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.
Coming this summer: Furious Flower’s 12th Annual 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.
Dip it in the Sauce: My Gratitude for Jayne Cortez
Musician and scholar Renee M. Kingan remembers her encounters with Jayne Cortez, both in performance and in private social settings. ... Read More >
Acts of optimism: Karenne Wood on language, silence, and healing
In this three-part interview with Elizabeth Hoover, Wood discusses the relationship between her scholarship and poetry, the importance of ... Read More >
Dawn Lundy Martin reads Talking About New Orleans by Jayne Cortez
In this video, poet Dawn Lundy Martin reads TALKING ABOUT NEW ORLEANS and describes how the poem captures its audience in an immersive ... Read More >