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Malika Booker: Faculty & Staff Workshop | September 26, 2022 | 12-1:15 pm | Pathways, Wine-Price Building

Malika Booker, international prize-winning writer whose work is steeped in anthropological research methodology and rooted in storytelling, will be providing a workshop for the Faculty & Staff at James Madison University in Pathways in the Wine-Price building on campus. Faculty/Staff that are interested in attending should notify the center via email.

Malika Booker: Word is Born & CMSS Workshop | September 28, 2022 | 7 pm | CMSS Classroom, Student Success Center

Join JMU's Center for Multicultural Student Services (CMSS) and Word is Born for a poetry workshop with international prize-winning writer, Malika Booker. The workshop will begin at 7 pm in the CMSS classroom in the Student Success Center.

Malika Booker: Reading & Open Mic | September 29, 2022 | 6:30 pm | The Golden Pony

Furious Flower Poetry Center is proud to welcome everyone to our first event of the semester, Malika Booker: Reading & Open Mic. Malika Booker is a British-Caribbean prize-winning writer whose work is steeped in anthropological research methodology and rooted in storytelling. The open mic portion will begin at 6:30 pm, followed by Malika's poetry reading at 7:30 pm at The Golden Pony in Downtown Harrisonburg. The event will also be livestreamed on our Facebook page and recordings will be available on both our Facebook and our YouTube channel. RSVP and add the event to your calendar here. This event is made possible by the 2022 Poetry Fund Grant from The Academy of American Poets in cooperation with the Amazon Literary Partnership.

Representation Matters | October 7-8, 2022 | Bioscience Building

Furious Flower Poetry Center and JMU Biology are excited to bring Marilyn Nelson to campus to speak as part of the "Representation Matters" series, a series of talks and discussions with National DEI activists and champions. The event will kick off with a keynote by American ornithologist, birder, and science communicator Corina Newsome on Friday, October 7 at 5 pm (4:15 reception). Then, on October 8, we start the morning off with TED-style talks followed by facilitated discussions with Newsome; Marilyn Nelson, poet and naturalist; and Veronica Segarra, cutting-edge molecular biologist and DEI champion. The talks will be followed by longer-format facilitated discussions from 10:30-11:30 am. This event is free and open to the public, but please register in advance here: All events will be held in the Bioscience Building on campus. 

"Voice-Overs" Broadside Exhibit Reading | October 7, 2022 | 5-7 pm | IVS Suite, Roop Hall 208

A new exhibit from the Virginia Center for the Book features a collection of poems by Virginia artists, responding to sexism, racism and biases in our cultural landscape. The opening reception is open to everyone and will include poetry readings by Furious Flower Executive Director Lauren K. Alleyne and Assistant Director L. Renée, Graduate assistant Jessica Carter and 2022 Carmen R. Gillespie Fellow, Lily Craig, as well as a gallery talk by visiting poet and artist Lyall Harris. Co-sponsored by the College of Visual and Performing Arts, JMU Libraries, and Furious Flower. RSVP not required.

Teaching Black: Virtual Book Discussion (Virtual) | October 17, 2022 | 1:30-3:30 pm

Furious Flower Poetry Center and the Center for Faculty Innovation present Teaching Black: Virtual Book Discussion with drea brown, Ana-Maurine Lara, and Lauren K. Alleyne. Participants will discuss the book and reflect on experiences including content from diverse perspectives in the classroom and the positive impact on the learning environment. This will be facilitated by Lauren K. Alleyne. This event is limited to 25 participants and applications for it will close October 13, 2022 at noon. For more information and to apply click here: 

Teaching Black: Panel Discussion (Virtual) | October 18, 2022 | 10:30 am- 12 pm

Ana-Maurine Lara, drea brown, and Lauren K. Alleyne will share exerpts from the edited collection and facilitate a discussion with participants. Registration for this event is ongoing. For more information and to register click here: 

Teaching Black: BIPOC Faculty and Graduate Student Workshop (Virtual) | October 18, 2022 | 1:30-3:30 pm 

In a "jam session" with BIPOC faculty and graduate students, editors Ana-Maurine Lara and drea brown will invite participants to engage with concepts and strategies drawn from the Teaching Black collection and then draw on shared experiences and knowledge to strengthen their curricular vocabulary for teaching on Black life and literature. Applications for this event close October 14, 2022 at 12 pm. For more information and to register click here: 

L. Renée: Poetry Reading | November 10, 2022 | 5 pm | Highlands Room, Festival Conference Center

Join us for a poetry reading from Furious Flower Poetry Center Assistant Director, L. Renée at the Highlands Room in the Festival Conference Center. Fusing both the creative and various modes of the historical, L. Renée writes about Blackness, Appalachian culture, and the joys and complications of inheritance. She is the recipient of the 2022 Rattle Poetry Prize, the Indiana University Guy Lemmon Award in Public Writing, Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing Alumni Award, Appalachian Review's Denny C. Plattner Award, 2021 Rattle Poetry Prize finalist, and second place for PLUCK! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture and New Limestone Review's Crystal Wilkinson Creative Writing Prize.


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