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Hidden Harrisonburg: Furious Flower

For 25 years, The Furious Flower Poetry Center has served as the first and foremost academic center in the nation devoted to the study of African American poetry. It has recently expanded its coverage to Black Poetry across the globe. This international resource resides on JMU’s campus and has hosted conferences, workshops, and youth camps featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning poets. The Center not only forwards the study of poetry but also enriches and encourages its practice.

We will spend the weeks in our course exploring the mission and activities of Furious Flower in conversation with its founder, Joanne Gabbin, and its current director, Lauryn Alleyn. We will also attend any readings offered by the Center during our course, and we will revisit past events online.

Susan Facknitz is a member of the Furious Flower Board and has been part of the program since its beginning. She has a strong commitment to the representation of Black writers in the college and high school curriculum. She taught creative writing and Irish literature at JMU for 32 years and has taught for LLI for the last three years.

There are no scheduled sessions at this time. Sign up to be notified when this course is available.

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