Dawn Lundy Martin at James Madison University
Recorded live on April 2, 2014.
Kyle Dargan at James Madison University
Recorded live on October 10, 2013.
Camille Dungy at James Madison University
Recorded live on September 26, 2013.
Jericho Brown at James Madison University
Glenis Redmond at James Madison University
Recorded live on September 22, 2011.
1994 and 2004 Furious Flower Conferences at James Madison University
In September, 1994, more than thirty presenters discussed the significance and scope of African American poetry to an audience composed of hundreds of poets, scholars, and poetry-enthusiasts. "Furious Flower: A Revolution in African American Poetry" transformed James Madison University into a “literary village.” This was a landmark event, one which paid tribute to the elders of African American poetry such as Gwendolyn Brooks, and ushered forth a new generation of writers.
In September 2004, Furious Flower hosted a second decade-defining conference on African American Poetry, “Regenerating the Black Poetic Tradition” Over 100 presenters, including both established and emerging scholarly and literary voices, visited James Madison University.
Click below for videos of readings by Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, Mari Evans, Kevin Young, and Rita Dove among many others. Several paper presentations including poet Elizabeth Alexander and scholar Aldon Lynn Nielsen are also available for viewing.