Spring 2021 Visiting Poets and Lecturers

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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Spring 2021

The free virtual reading series, Furious Flower's Facebook Live Reading Series, is in partnership with JMU College of Arts and Letters. 

t'ai freedom ford | Jan.29.2021 | Facebook Live Reading Series 

t’ai freedom ford is the author of & more black (Augury Books, 2019), winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry, and how to get over (Red Hen Press, 2017). A NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow, Ford is a high school English teacher and lives in New York City. 



Cortney Charleston |Feb.12.2021 |Facebook Live Reading Series

Cortney Lamar Charleston is a Cave Canem fellow from the Chicago suburbs. His debut collection, Telepathologies, won the 2016 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize, selected by D.A. Powell. He began writing and performing poetry as a member of The Excelano Project when he was an undergraduate studying economics and urban studies at the University of Pennsylvania. His poetry is a marriage between art and activism, and a call for a more involved and empathetic understanding of the diversity of the human experience. 



Natasha Oladokun | Feb.26.2021 |Facebook Live Reading Series

Natasha Oladokun is a poet and essayist. She currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin, where she is working on her first collection of poetry. 

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Taylor Johnson | Mar.26.2021 | Facebook Live Reading Series

Taylor Johnson is from Washington, DC. They are the author of Inheritance (Alice James Books, 2020), and their work appears in The Paris Review, The Baffler, Scalawag, and elsewhere. Johnson is a Cave Canem graduate fellow and a recipient of the 2017 Larry Neal Writers’ Award from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. They live in New Orleans where they listen.



Tyree Daye | Apr. 2. 2021 | Facebook Live Reading Series

Tyree Daye is a poet from Youngsville, North Carolina, and a Teaching Assistant Professor at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is the author of two poetry collections River Hymns, the 2017 APR/Honickman First Book Prize winner, and Cardinal (Copper Canyon, 2020). Daye is a Cave Canem fellow. Daye won the 2019 Palm Beach Poetry Festival Langston Hughes Fellowship and was a 2019 Kate Tufts finalist. Daye most recently was awarded a 2019 Diana and Simon Raab Writer-In-Residence at UC Santa Barbara and a 2019 Whiting Writers Award.



Nathan John | Apr. 9, 2021 | Facebook Live Reading Series

Nathan Kweku John is a second-year MFA poet at the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program. He is of Gambian, Ghanaian, and Sierra Leonean descent. As such, his transnational West African upbringing heavily influences his aesthetic, as he endeavors to uncover poetic connections across diasporic time and space. He is the second-place winner of Furious Flower’s 2020 poetry contest, finalist of the 2020 Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest, and has work published and forthcoming in The Common, Obsidian, Sunu Journal, and elsewhere. Nathan is presently working on his first poetry manuscript entitled Saltwater Demands a Psalm, where he investigates colonization, black mourning, black boyhood, and especially, the spiritual consequences of climate change in West Africa.


Glenis Redmond | Apr. 16.2021 | Facebook Live Reading Series

Glenis Redmond is grounded in many worlds: Poetry, The Teaching Arts and Imagination Activism. As a Poet, her feet are firmly planted on both the page and the stage. As a Teaching Artist, her educational reach extends into the classroom, where she teaches both students and teachers to open to their own poetry within. As a Spiritual Activist  she uses the bright bloom of her heart and soul to unlock the doors of creativity in others.


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