Fall 2018 Visiting Poets

Furious Flower curates each season’s reading series to highlight recent accomplishments by writers of color and showcase the diversity of aesthetics within contemporary American poetry. These events are often presented in partnership with other departments at the university and are always free and open to the public.

To stay up to date on all our events and programs, subscribe to our email list and follow us on Facebook or Twitter. Use the links below or call (540) 568-8883 for more information on the poets and details on parking. In fall 2017, we present:


Dominique Christina
Sept. 13, 6pm | Downstairs at The Golden Pony

DOMINIQUE CHRISTINA is an award-winning poet, author, educator, and activist. She holds five national poetry slam titles in four years, including the 2014 & 2012 Women of the World Slam Champion and 2011 National Poetry Slam ChampionHer work is greatly influenced by her family's legacy in the Civil Rights Movement and by the idea that words make worldsHer poetry collections are: The Bones, The Breaking, The Balm: A Colored Girl's Hymnal, published by Penmanship Books, and They Are All Me, published by Swimming With Elephants Publishing. Her third book, This Is Woman's Work, published by SoundsTrue Publishing, is the radical exploration of 20 archetypal incarnations of womanness and the creative process. She has done branding and marketing language for Abbot Meade & Vickers Ad Agency (U.K) and Under Armour and is a writer/actor for the HBO series High Maintenance Season 2. 

On September 13, we will host an open mic starting at 6pm (bring your best!) and then will present Christina at 7pm.


Cyrus Cassells
Oct. 11, 4pm | Madison Union Room 256

Born in Dover, Delaware, CYRUS CASSELLS grew up in the Mojave Desert near Los Angeles, California and attended Stanford University. Considered one of the major voices of contemporary American poetry by Parade magazine, Cassells is the author of The Mud Actor (1982), winner of the 1981 National Poetry Series competition; Soul Make a Path through Shouting (1994), nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and winner of the William Carlos William Award; Beautiful Signor (1997), winner of the Lambda Literary Award; More Than Peace and Cypresses (2004); and The Crossed-Out Swastika (2012). His writing has appeared in PloughsharesIndiana ReviewAGNIThe Literati QuarterlyBoston Review, and elsewhere. Cassells’s poetry examines personal encounters with history, love and eroticism, and suffering and violence.


Vievee Francis
Nov. 8, 4pm | Festival - Highlands Room

VIEVEE FRANCIS is the author of Blue-Tail Fly (Wayne State University Press, 2006), Horse in the Dark (Northwestern University Press, 2012), and Forest Primeval (Northwestern University Press, 2016), winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Poetry. She is an associate professor at Dartmouth College and an associate editor for CallalooThe recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem and the Kresge Foundation, Francis currently serves as an editor for Callaloo and teaches English and creative writing at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Vievee Francis was born in West Texas. She earned an MFA from the University of Michigan in 2009, and she received a Rona Jaffe Award the same year.

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