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Furious Flower Poetry CenterVisiting Poets


Kamilah Aisha Moon at James Madison University

Recorded live on February 9, 2015 in JMU’s Festival Highlands Room.
View Kamilah Aisha Moon’s poetry reading.

Nadine Pinede at Court Square Theater

Recorded live on April 14, 2014.
View Nadine Pinede’s poetry reading.

Dawn Lundy Martin at James Madison University

Recorded live on April 2, 2014 in Taylor 405.
View Dawn Lundy Martin’s poetry reading.

Kyle Dargan at James Madison University

Recorded live on October 10, 2013.
View Kyle Dargan's poetry reading.

Camille Dungy at James Madison University 

Recorded live on September 26, 2013.
View Camille Dungy's poetry reading

Jericho Brown at James Madison University

Glenis Redmond at James Madison University

Recorded live on September 22, 2011. 
View Glenis Redmond's poetry reading.


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.

View the Furious Flower conference readings.