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Use clips or the entire series to learn about and teach Black poetry: the series includes readings, critical reviews, presentations, panel discussions, interviews, and dialogues between poets.

Available from most university libraries, the Furious Flower streaming videos provide an unprecedented opportunity to watch leading African American poets read from their work and discuss the critical issues shaping this vibrant poetic tradition. It represents nearly 100 years of artistic expression, covering the Harlem Renaissance to the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s as well as modern poetry, contemporary hip hop, and other forms of spoken word. 


Streaming Video: 821 minutes

Distributor: California Newsreel

Language: English


AFRICAN AMERICAN POETRY, with its wellsprings in jazz and vernacular culture and its inescapable political dimension, stands among the most important bodies of literary work of the twentieth century. This collection of essays and six lively interviews with practicing poets, arising from the now-famous Furious Flower Conference of 1994, provides a mosaic of the major critical and aesthetic issues emerging from the poetry and its literary milieu.

The Furious Flowering of African American Poetry

Paperback: 330 pages

Publisher: University of Virginia Press (July 29, 1999)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0813918413

ISBN-13: 978-0813918419 

A FASCINATING PORTRAIT of African American poetry at the close of the twentieth century, this book also offers an indication of where it may be headed in the twenty-first. It includes biographies of the contributors and a dynamic collection of performance photographs by C. B. Claiborne featuring many of the poets as they performed at the second Furious Flower Conference, held in 2004 at James Madison University. The forty-three poets cover three generations, ranging from such established voices as Michael Harper, Nikki Giovanni, and the late Gwendolyn Brooks, in whose honor the conference was organized, to a host of rising young writers who are reimagining America in the language of a hip-hop nation.

Furious Flower: African American Poetry From the Black Arts Movement to the Present

Paperback: 320 pages

Publisher: University of Virginia Press (February 13, 2004)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0813922534

ISBN-13: 978-0813922539

THE MOURNING KATRINA NATIONAL WRITING PROJECT helped survivors deal with the emotional trauma of their experience through writing poetry. This amazing collection of poems was born out of human suffering. It’s about devastation and grief, the politics of poverty and race, and the failure of society to act humanely, but it’s also about hope and healing.

Mourning Katrina

Paperback: 220 pages

Publisher: Mariner Media (January 5, 2009)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 098000778X

ISBN-13: 978-0980007787

TWENTY-FIVE PROMINENT BLACK WOMEN WRITERS reveal decisive moments in their careers in short essays. With contributions from such figures as novelist Paule Marshall, folklorist Daryl Cumber Dance, poets Mari Evans and Camille Dungy, essayist Ethel Morgan Smith, and scholar Maryemma Graham, the anthology provides a thorough overview of the formal concerns and thematic issues facing contemporary black women writers.

Shaping Memories: Reflections of African American Women Writers

Hardcover: 240 pages

Publisher: University Press of Mississippi (August 11, 2009)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1604732741

ISBN-13: 978-1604732740 

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