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 Dr .Gabbin

Joanne V. Gabbin, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Phone:  (540) 568-6310
Email:  gabbinjv@jmu.edu

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.




Elizabeth Hoover
Assistant Director
Phone:  (540) 568-2694
Email:  hoovered@jmu.edu

Elizabeth Hoover received a combined MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in English Literature at Indiana University.  While at Indiana, she received a Project on African Expressive Traditions Grant to conduct originial archival research on the poet Robert Hayden.  She is currently developing that research into the first full-length biography of Hayden.  She is also the author of three biographies for young adults.  Her criticism and author interviews have appeared in the Paris Review, Los Angeles Times, and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, among others.  As a poet, Elizabeth has published widely and in such publications as Poetry Northwest, Massachusetts Review, and New Letters.  She is the recipient of a Merida Fellowship to the U.S. Poets in Mexico Conference and a fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.  You can read her work at www.ehooverink.com.




Karen Risch Mott
Editorial Assistant
Phone:  (540) 568-8883




Amber McBride
Media Specialist
Phone:  (540) 568-5926
Email:  mcbridan@jmu.edu

Amber recently earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College.  She is a 2010 graduate of James Madison University.  She is the poetry editor of an online literary magazine called Words Apart.  Amber volunteers with several organizations aimed at teaching creative writing to school aged children.