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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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Our Next Events

Tawanda Mulalu: Poetry Reading

Join us for our final reading Thursday, November 9 at 5 p.m. in Warren 256 (The Union) in the Fall 2023 Furious Flower Reading Series, featuring Tawanda Mulalu. Mulalu was born in Gaborone, Botswana in 1997. His first book, Please make me pretty, I don't want to die, was selected by Susan Stewart for the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets and is listed as a best poetry book of 2022 by The Boston Globe, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. His chapbook, Nearness, was chosen as the winner of The New Delta Review 2020-21 Chapbook Contest, judged by Brandon Shimoda. Tawanda's poems appear or are forthcoming in Brittle Paper, Lana Turner, Lolwe, The New England Review, The Paris Review, A Public Space, and elsewhere.

This event is free and open to the public. It will be livestreamed on Facebook; the recording will be uploaded to YouTube following the reading.

First Fridays at Furious Flower Broadside Gallery

Join us on December 1 from 5-7 p.m. for another First Friday at Furious Flower Broadside Gallery, featuring our fifth exhibit, "Home: Place, Flight, and Memory," curated by Gbenga Adesina, Furious Flower Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in Black Global & Diasporic Poetry.

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