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Announcing the 2022 Furious Flower Collegiate Summit: Poetry that Transports!

This year, all summit events will be held virtually on March 3-4, 2022. 

Open to undergraduate and graduate students across the country.

Our biennial Collegiate Summit is an exciting 3-day poetry workshop where participants get to learn from renowned poets and scholars. Each summit focuses on a theme central to the work of the featured poets. 

Events include:

  • Workshops with nationally renowned poets
  • Panel and roundtable discussions
  • Poetry readings and book signings
  • And More.

Collegiate Summit 2022 Schedule

Thursday Mar. 3

  • 2-2:30 Introductions and Welcome (Dr. Gabbin)
  • 2:30-3:15 Panel: Poetry as Transport (Douglas, Amber, Dr. Gabbin, Lauren)
  • 3:30-5:30 Workshop

Friday Mar. 4

  • 2-3 Reading by Douglas and Amber (streamed to Facebook)
  • 3:30-5:30 Workshop
  • 5:45- 6:45 Student Open Mic
  • 6:45-7 Closing Remarks (Dr. Gabbin)

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Featured Programming

Workshop with Douglas Kearney: All Hooks: Repetition and Revision FTW 

So, I was listening to Beyoncé's "Formation," trying to figure out why it caught my ear the way it did; then I realized, the whole song is a series of hooks, choruses, layered throughout the mix. Repetition is groove, loop, hook, a serious tool in Black aesthetic trickbags. In this workshop, we will engage elements of repetition: chime, pun, and recursive constraints to compose poems that move even when they seem to stand still, work refrain till it don't stop, and catch you reading twice when you think you're only reading once.

screen_shot_2021-12-20_at_3.39.25_pm.pngDouglas Kearney has published seven collections, including the National Book Award-finalist Sho (Wave Books, 2021)”; the award-winning poetry collection Buck Studies (Fence Books, 2016); libretti, Someone Took They Tongues. (Subito, 2016); and criticism, Mess and Mess and (Noemi Press, 2015).) WIRE magazine calls Fodder, a live album featuring Kearney and frequent collaborator, Val-Inc., “Brilliant.” Douglas Kearney is the 2021 recipient of OPERA America’s Campbell Opera Librettist Prize, created and generously funded by librettist/lyricist Mark Campbell and co-librettist of Sweet Land, the Music Critics of North America’s Best Opera of 2021. A Whiting Writer’s and Foundation for Contemporary Arts Cy Twombly awardee with residencies/fellowships from Cave Canem, The Rauschenberg Foundation, and others, Kearney is a McKnight Presidential Fellow and associate professor of Creative Writing/English at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. Born in Brooklyn, raised in Altadena, CA, he lives in St. Paul with his family.  

Workshop with Amber McBride: Magick, Folklore & Myth in Black Poetry

Zora Neale Hurston said, “Folklore is the arts of the people before they find out that there is any such thing as art.” This workshop investigates how myth, magick and folklore are widely present in Black poetry and how folklore can connect us to our pasts and through your work be passed on to the future.

screen_shot_2021-12-20_at_3.38.58_pm.pngAmber McBride teaches English literature at the University of Virginia and has a BA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. Her work has been published in PloughsharesProvincetown ArtsThe Rumpus and more. Me (Moth) is her debut novel and a finalist for the National Book Award in Young People's Literature. Amber loves poetry, music, movement and reading. She also spends too much time on TikTok. McBride practices Hoodoo and lives in Charlottesville, VA with her perfect dog, Shiloh.

Past Summits

2018: Poetry Without Boundaries

  • Tyehimba Jess - 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner
  • Brenda Marie Osbey - former Poet Laureate of Louisiana
  • Anastacia Reneé  - Civic Poet of Seattle

2016: Mirrors and Windows

  • Meg Medina - 2019 John Newbery Medal recipient, children's book author
  • Mahogany L. Browne - Poet, curator, writer, organizer and educator
  • Tony Medina - Poet, scholar, and children's book author
  • Kwame Alexander - Poet, educator, publisher, and New York Times Bestselling author

2014: Poetry as Compass

  • Crystal Good - Affrilachian artist, digital media entrepreneur, and social advocate
  • Frank X Walker - Editor and publisher of PLUCK!, the new Journal of Affrilachian Art & Culture
  • Kelly Norman Ellis - Author of Tougaloo Blues (2003) and Offerings of Desire 
  • Kwame Alexander - Poet, educator, publisher, and New York Times Bestselling author
  • Nikky Finney - Recipient of the National Book Award for Head Off & Split
  • Nikki Giovanni - Distinguished poet and educator 

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