Readings, Lectures, Seminars, Conferences, and More

Access photos and videos from prior events: To view our photographs, see our YouTube videos, and learn more about our visiting writers and lecturers, click through to each reading below. To go more in depth, visit our literary journal, The Fight & The Fiddle, which features interviews with them, critical essays on their work, poems, and writing prompts they’ve inspired.

For upcoming events: Be sure to visit our home page for the most up-to-date information on when and where all of our events occur.

 


    2017

  • Sep 27: Nate Marshall - open mic and poetry reading
  • Jul 31: - Aug 4: Creativity Camp
  • Jul 31: - Aug 4: Alive With Words - poetry camp
  • Jun 23: Yusef Komunyakaa - reading and book signing
  • Jun 19: - Jul 31: Yusef Komunyakaa photographic exhibit
  • Jun 18: - 24: Facing It: The Poetry of Yusef Komunyakaa - legacy seminar
  • Apr 17: Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Poetry Prize winners - reading
  • Apr 11: Kris Sealey - lecture
  • Apr 3: Gwendolyn Brooks bench dedication and community read-in
  • Apr 1: - May 31: Gwendolyn Brooks photographic exhibit
  • Mar 23: Gregory Pardlo - poetry reading
  • Feb 16: Submission deadline - Brooks Centennial Poetry Prize
  • Feb 10: Furious Flower at AWP - reading
  • Jan 17: Samantha Thornhill - poetry reading

  • 2016

  • Nov 10: Lauren K. Alleyne - poetry reading
  • Oct 13: Danez Smith - poetry reading
  • Sep 29: Throw Your Head Back and Sing - tribute to Maya Angelou
  • Sep 22: Maya Angelou: Literature That Travels - panel discussion
  • Aug 1: - 5: Wor(l)d Explorers! - Children's Poetry Camp
  • Apr 14: Poet Tree Reading - student and community reading
  • Apr 1: - 30: JMU's Longest Poem - National Poetry Month project
  • Mar 3: Featured Writers Showcase - Mirrors & Windows poetry reading
  • Mar 3: - 5: Mirrors and Windows - writing conference
  • Feb 11: Furious Flower III - film screening and panel discussion

  • 2015

  • Nov 12: Writing With Impact - workshop
  • Nov 5: Yona Harvey - poetry reading
  • Oct 30: Peggy Brooks-Bertram - keynote
  • Oct 6: Karenne Wood - poetry reading
  • Sep 25: - 26: Furious Flower Advisory Board - annual meeting
  • Sep 17: Reginald Dwayne Betts - poetry reading
  • Aug 3: - 7: Construction Zone: Building Meaning - Children's Poetry Camp
  • May 30: WVPT Kids' Book Festival
  • May 2: NENA Spring Festival
  • Apr 25: Day of the Child Festival
  • Apr 21: Poet-Tree reading
  • Apr 16: Sonnets for Teens - workshop
  • Apr 1: Ross Gay - poetry reading
  • Mar 19: Rachel Eliza Griffiths - poetry reading
  • Mar 15: Obsidian submissions - deadline
  • Feb 12: Love Me, Love Me Not - poetry jam
  • Feb 9: Kamilah Aisha Moon - poetry reading
  • Jan 15: Elizabeth Hoover - poetry reading

  • 2014

  • Dec 5: Winter Wishes - Children's Poetry Contest
  • Nov 19: Poetry and the Cosmos - reading and discussion
  • Sep 24: - 27: Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry
  • Aug 4: - 8: In a Sea of Words - Children's Poetry Camp
  • Jun 22: Three Notch'd Road benefit concert
  • Jun 7: WVPT Festival of Family Fun
  • Apr 25: THMS Arts Adventures - poetry slam
  • Apr 14: Nadine Pinede - poetry reading
  • Apr 10: Furious Flower Poetry Center housewarming
  • Apr 2: Dawn Lundy Martin - poetry reading
  • Mar 10: Kentucky State University Concert Choir
  • Feb 26: Black history at Lee High
  • Feb 20: Love Me, Love Me Not (Word Is Born)
  • Feb 1: Submission deadline - Furious Flower Call for Papers

  • 2013

  • Oct 10: Kyle Dargan - poetry reading
  • Sep 26: Camille Dungy - poetry reading
  • Aug 5: - 9: Words in Motion - Children's Poetry Camp
  • Jul 19: Furious Flower and Reading Road Show at Arboretum
  • Jul 14: - Aug 3: Don't Deny My Voice Summer Institute
  • Jun 6: WVPT 11th Annual Children's Book Festival
  • Apr 27: - 28: Furiously Fun Salsa Party
  • Apr 23: Poet Tree Reading at the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum
  • Apr 20: 6th Annual All Girl Conference
  • Apr 16: Holly Bass - poetry reading
  • Mar 15: Arts Adventures at Thomas Harrison Middle School - poetry slam
  • Feb 21: Jericho Brown - poetry reading
  • Feb 1: - Mar 27: Slam poetry workshops at Skyline Middle School

  • 2012

  • Oct 16: Sheer Good Fortune: An Evening With Toni Morrison
  • Aug 6: Words Light the Way - Children's Poetry Camp
  • Jun 16: - Dec 30: Among Poets: Lucille Clifton Commemorative Exhibition
  • Apr 28: Furiously Fun Party
  • Mar 22: Poetry as Compass: A Collegiate Summit
  • Feb 24: Arts Adventures at Thomas Harrison Middle School - poetry slam

  • 2011

  • Nov 17: Illumination: Out of the Dark (Word Is Born)
  • Nov 7: - 9: JMU's Longest Poem
  • Nov 1: - 28: Children's Poetry Contest
  • Oct 20: - 21: Folk Culture: Morphing the World's Cultural Face
  • Sep 22: Glenis Redmond - poetry reading
  • Sep 19: An Artful Evening
  • Aug 1: - 4: Word Pebbles in a Pond - Children's Poetry Camp
  • Jun 19: - 25: Continuous Fire: The Poetry of Sonia Sanchez
  • Apr 2: Lineage: The Margaret Walker Song Cycle
  • Mar 2: David Mills - poetry reading

  • 2010

  • Dec 18: Children's Poetry Contest
  • Nov 1: Marilyn Nelson - poetry reading
  • Sep 21: 73 Poems for 73 Years: Celebrating the Life of Lucille Clifton
  • Sep 11: WHSV Children First Day
  • Jun 5: WVPT Kids' Book Festival
  • Mar 18: - 20: Collegiate Poetry Summit
  • Feb 27: Lineage: The Margaret Walker Song Cycle

  • 2009

  • Jun 14: - 21: Tell Me Your Names: The Poetry of Lucille Clifton
  • Apr 16: Ewuare Osaynde - poetry reading
  • Mar 23: Natasha Trethewey - poetry reading
  • Feb 2: Patricia Smith - poetry reading

  • 2008

  • Dec 13: Moonlight Holiday Festival Reading
  • Oct 20: Cornelius Eady - poetry reading
  • Sep 15: - 17: A Season of Hope

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