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The nation's first academic center for Black poetry, Furious Flower was established on the James Madison University campus to serve creative writers, literary and cultural scholars, and poetry lovers everywhere.


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Announcing Furious Flower IV!

We are thrilled to announce the fourth, historic, once-in-a-decade Furious Flower Conference. Click the link below to view more details and to subscribe for updates.

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Furious Flower Syllabus is LIVE!

Opening the World of Black Poetry: A Furious Flower Syllabus is officially live and available to the public. You can view the open-access text, video resources, and find out more information about the project at the link below.

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Next Event

Sean Hill: Poetry Prize

Join us Thursday, February 22 at 5pm in the Highlands Room in Festival at JMU for Furious Flower's first reading of the 2024 Spring Reading Series featuring Sean Hill. The reading will be livestreamed on Facebook and uploaded to YouTube the following day.

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First Friday: Furious Flower Broadside Gallery

Join us Friday, March 1 from 5-7 p.m. at Cardinal House (500 Cardinal Dr.) for another Arts Council of the Valley First Friday Downtown Art Tour. We will be continuing our sixth exhibit, Shades of Strength: Black Women's Resistance, curated by Furious Flower Carmen R. Gillespie Fellows India Williams and Taylor Nauflett. 

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