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Dr. Joanne Gabbin and the Furious Flower Poetry Center have partnered with University Press of Mississippi, Mariner Media Publishing, University of Virginia Press and California Newsreel to produce publications that educate and pay homage to African American poets and their works:  





Joanne Gabbin and Nikki Giovanni hosted a memorial celebration for Lucille Clifton on September 21, 2010 at James Madison University.  The tribute program, "73 Poems for 73 Years:  Celebrating the Life of Lucille Clifton," brought together poets from all around the country who read her poems and reflected on her life.  A souvenir tribute booklet is included with the purchase of the DVD.

Click here to purchase a DVD.


Shaping Memories offers short essays by notable black women writers on pivotal moments that strongly influenced their careers. With contributions from such figures as novelist Paule Marshall, folklorist Daryl Cumber Dance, poets Mari Evans and Camille Dungy, essayist Ethel Morgan Smith, and scholar Maryemma Graham, the anthology provides a thorough overview of the formal concerns and thematic issues facing contemporary black women writers.

Editor Joanne Veal Gabbin offers an introduction that places these writers in the context of American literature in general and African American literature in particular. Each essay includes a headnote summarizing the writer's career and aesthetic development. In their pieces these women negotiate educational institutions and societal restrictions and find their voices despite racism, sexism, and religious chauvinism. They offer strong testimony to the power of words to heal, transform, and renew.

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Essays by twenty-five prominent writers who reveal decisive moments in their careers

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi (August 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604732741
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604732740

Order Shaping Memories: Reflections of African American Women Writers from http://www.upress.state.ms.us/

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 Mourning Katrina: A Poetic Response to Tragedy 

The Mourning Katrina National Writing Project helped survivors deal with the emotional trauma of their experience through writing poetry. This book was born out of human suffering and owes its existence to the cooperation and generosity of spirit of more than three hundred people who participated in the Project.

Funded in part by a grant from RR Donnelly

Mariner Publishing

Order Mourning Katrina: A Poetic Response to Tragedy from MarinierMedia.com or major on-line bookstores.

 Mourning Katrina CD

"My Soul is Anchored: Poems from the Mourning Katrina National Writing Project" was released December 16, 2006. The CD features 22 poems about hurricanes Katrina and Rita and their aftermath.

 Click here to purchase the CD.


Notecards, Painted Quilt


The Furious Flower Poetry Center has released a boxed set of notecards with images that were first introduced as Malaika Favorite's Quilt Portrait at the 2004 Furious Flower Conference. The notecards feature four images and poetry of Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Rita Dove.

Click here to purchase the notecards. 

 Furious Flower II


Furious Flower II is the definitive teaching tool for exploring the world of today's Black poetry.  Surpassing the scope, ambition and accomplishments of its 1998 predecessor FURIOUS FLOWER, this three-part DVD program presents outstanding critical scholarship on Black contemporary poetry's origins and trends, its conflicts and consonances.


Order Furious Flower II (DVD) from CALIFORNIA NEWSREEL.


Furious Flower Book

Furious Flower provides a fascinating collective portrait of African-American poetry at the close of the twentieth century - as well as an indication of where it may be headed as we enter the twenty-first. The book includes biographies of the contributors and a dynamic collection of performance photographs by C.B. Claiborne featuring many of the Furious Flower participants as they appeared at the original 1994 conference.


Order Furious Flower from UVA Press at  upress.virginia.edu.


 Furious Flowering


Furious Flowering offers students, scholars, readers, and writers of African-American poetry a chance to take part in an unprecedented discussion of a complex literary culture.  This collection of essays and six lively interviews with practicing poets, arising from the now-famous Furious Flower Conference of 1994, provides a mosaic of the major critical and aesthetic issues emerging from the poetry and its literary milieu.


Order Furious Flowering from UVA Press at upress.virginia.edu.

Furious Flower VHS


The Furious Flower video anthology features African American verse during the last half of the 20th century and offers intimate portraits of twenty-six leading poets, each reading and discussing his or her own work. Furious Flower: African American Poetry 1960-1995

Order Furious Flower from California Newsreel



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