Online Archive

With the guidance of Dr. Joanne V. Gabbin, students and faculty from 5 different disciplines came together at the JMU X-Labs, took the material from the Furious Flower 1994 conference, digitized by JMU Special Collections, and transformed it into a user friendly, online archive. Explore the history of America's first Black poetry center and check out the product of this awesome collaboration:

Special Collections 

Housed at JMU’s Carrier Library, the records of Furious Flower are looked after by university archivists and include manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, audio and video recordings, and more. Below are links to the finding aids for these resources, and you can access the records by visiting Special Collections on the second floor of the library.

Furious Flower Poetry Center Records, 1990-2014.

UA 0017. Harrisonburg, VA; 13 Hollinger boxes, 1 half-Hollinger box, 5 oversize flat boxes, 1 oversize flat folder, 8.7 cubic feet.
Documents the departmental activities of the Furious Flower Poetry Center.

Furious Flower Poetry Center Conference Records, 1970-2009 (bulk 1992-2005).

UA 0018. Harrisonburg, VA; 9 Hollinger boxes, 1 oversize Hollinger box, 1 record storage box, 1 rolled storage container, 1 oversize flat folder, 6.03 cubic feetMaterials related to the decennial Furious Flower Poetry Center conferences beginning with the inaugural conference in 1994


The Library at Furious Flower Poetry Center

At Cardinal House, we collect books and media related to Black poetry, the arts, history, and culture. For a full listing of our holdings, visit


The Fight & The Fiddle

The Fight & The Fiddle was originally conceived as an online literary magazine by Elizabeth Hoover, the Assistant Director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center from 2014 to 2016. Under her direction, the publication featured interviews with Reginald Dwayne Betts, Ross Gay, Yona Harvey, Dawn Lundy Martin, Nadine Pinede, and Karenne Wood. It included a special series on Amiri Baraka and Jayne Cortez as architects of the Black Arts Movement. Access these early entries here.

Recent issues of The Fight & The Fiddle are available here.


Black Poetry Database

Still in development, the Furious Flower Poetry Database provides publishing and biographical information on Black poets.

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