Spring 2019 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.

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jessica Care moore
Jan. 24, Open mic 6pm | Reading 7pm | The Golden Pony

jessica Care moore is the CEO of of Moore Black Press, Executive Producer of Black WOMEN Rock!, and founder of the literacy-driven Jessica Care Moore Foundation. An internationally renowned, interdisciplinary poet, she is a distinguished 2018 Joyce Award recipient, a 2017 Knight Arts Foundation Winner, a 2016 Kresge Arts Fellow, and the 2013 Alain Locke Award Recipient from the Detroit Institute of Arts. moore is the author of The Words Don't Fit in My Mouth (Moore Black Press 1997), The Alphabet Verses The Ghetto (MBP 2002), God is Not an American (MBP 2009), Sunlight Through Bullet Holes (MBP 2014); and her forthcoming collection, We Want Our Bodies Back (Harper Collins). Her writing has been anthologized in several national literary publications, and her poetry and voice are prominently featured on the 4th floor of The Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. moore has read her poems at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, UN World Aids Day Events, the London Institute of Contemporary Arts, in South Africa, and recently returned from an inspiring tour of Ghana.

Jaki Shelton Green
Mar. 14, 4pm | Duke Hall Gallery Court

Jaki Shelton Green is author of nine books of poetry, including i want to undie you (Jacar Press 2017) and Feeding the Light (Jacar Press 2014). As a community arts advocate, she has spent the past 40 years creating and facilitating programs that serve diverse audiences and populations. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including the African-American Review, Obsidian, Callaloo, and The Cave Canem African-American Writers Anthology. She has earned several awards and fellowships, including the 2016-2017 Ephesus School Poet in Residance. Currently, Green is the owner of SistaWrite, which provides writing retreats and travel excursions for women writers based in North Carolina and Morocco, and also teaches documentary poetry at Duke University Center for Documentary Studies.

A. Van Jordan 
Apr. 17, 4pm | Festival - Highlands Room

A. Van Jordan is the author of four collections: Rise (Tia Chucha Press 2001), which won the PEN/ Oakland Josephine Miles Award; M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A (W.W. Norton & Company 2005), which was listed as one of the Best Books of 2005 by The London Times; Quantum Lyrics (W.W. Norton & Company 2007); and The Cineaste:Poems (W.W. Norton & Company 2013). Jordan has been awarded a Whiting Writers Award, an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and a Pushcart Prize. He is also a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (2007), a United States Artists Fellowship (2009), and a Lannan Literary Award in Poetry (2015). He serves as the Robert Hayden Collegiate Professor of English Language & Literature at the University of Michigan. 

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