Furious Flower
  Poetry Center
  MSC 3802
  Harrisonburg, VA 22807
  PHONE: (540) 568-8883
  FAX: (540) 568-8888

  Natalia Bradshaw-Parson

            Meet the Furious Flower Staff
 Dr. Joanne V. Gabbin  

Joanne V. Gabbin, Ph.D.
Executive Director

Joanne V. Gabbin is a professor of English at James Madison University where she is Executive Director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center. She is author of Sterling A. Brown: Building the Black Aesthetic Tradition, editor of Furious Flower: A Revolution in African American Poetry and The Furious Flowering of African American Poetry, and executive producer of the Furious Flower video and DVD series. A dedicated teacher and scholar, she has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching and scholarship. Among them are the College Language Association Creative Scholarship Award for her book Sterling A. Brown (1986), the James Madison University Faculty Women’s Caucus and Women’s Resource Network for Scholarship (1988), and the Outstanding Faculty Award, Virginia State Council of Higher Education. Recently, Dr. Gabbin was the recipient of two faculty awards: the Provost’s Award for Distinguished Service and the JMU Alumni Distinguished Faculty Award.  In October 2005, Dr. Gabbin was inducted into the International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent. She is also founder and organizer of the Wintergreen Women Writers’ Collective, owner of the 150 Franklin Street Gallery in Harrisonburg, and author of the children’s book I Bet She Called Me Sugar Plum.

For more information on Dr. Gabbin, please visit her faculty homepage at


Elizabeth Haworth
Assistant Director

Elizabeth Haworth has been with the Furious Flower Poetry Center since 2004, and became Assistant Director in 2005. In her previous lives she taught junior high school English, high school English, theater and public speaking, was a news librarian and library administrator at The State newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina, Newsday on Long Island, New York, and Time Inc. in New York City.  Before relocating to the Shenandoah Valley she was Director of the Library and Educational Technology at Midlands Technical College, South Carolina's largest community college, for seven years. She lives in a creepy old house in historic Staunton, Virginia, with her husband, Steve, goddaughter, Anna, and four misbehaved cats.