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Furious Flower Poetry Center

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  • Apr 10: Housewarming at the Furious Flower Poetry Center
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  • Sep 24: Furious Flower Poetry Conference

Welcome to Furious Flower

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In “Second Sermon on the Warpland,” Pulitzer-Prize winner and former U.S. Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks writes,

The time
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, the mission of the Furious Flower Poetry Center is to cultivate, honor, and promote the diverse voices of African American poets. Several of our programs have come to be considered landmark events, bringing together established and emerging poets, along with students and faculty from universities across the nation. After a visit to the 2004 Furious Flower conference, Nikky Finney proclaimed it “black poetry planet.”

We serve James Madison University, the Harrisonburg community, and scholars everywhere with education, research, and publishing.