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Furious Flower Poetry Center Conference Records

Furious Flower Poetry Center Conference Records, 1970-2009, bulk 1992-2005
Furious Flower Poetry Center Conference Records
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1970-2009, bulk 1992-2005
The Furious Flower Poetry Center Conference Records, consisting of 6.03 cubic feet (9 Hollinger boxes, 1 oversize Hollinger box, 1 record storage box, 1 rolled storage container, 1 oversize flat folder), is comprised of the materials related to the decennial Furious Flower Poetry Center conferences beginning with the inaugural conference in 1994
Biographical or historical data
In 1994, James Madison University, under the leadership and direction of professor of English Dr. Joanne V. Gabbin, hosted the first Furious Flower Poetry Conference entitled A Revolution in African American Poetry. This Conference, dedicated to acclaimed poet Gwendolyn Brooks, featured scholars, critics, and the most accomplished and esteemed poets of the time including Nikki Giovanni, Rita Dove, Sonia Sanchez, Michael S. Harper, Haki Madhubuti, and Gwendolyn Brooks herself. The name zFurious Flowery is derived from Brooks’ poem Second Sermon on the Warpland in which she writes: The time; cracks into furious flower. Lifts its face; all unashamed. And sways in wicked grace. Many who participated in the inaugural Furious Flower conference had their roots in the Black Arts Movement. The Black Arts Movement emerged in the wake of the Black Power Movement of the 1960s and 1970s and was comprised of politically motivated black visionaries, poets, artists, dramatists, musicians, and writers. Due to the success of the 1994 Furious Flower Conference, the Furious Flower Poetry Center (FFPC) was established in 1999 and the Conference became a decennial event, held every ten years. The subsequent conferences were Regenerating the Black Poetic Tradition (2004) and Seeding the Future of African American Poetry. Conference programming is comprised of concerts, readings, roundtable and panel discussions, and paper presentations.
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no index present
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non fiction
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Furious Flower Poetry Center Conference Records
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9 Hollinger boxes, 1 oversize Hollinger box, 1 record storage box, 1 rolled storage container, 1 oversize flat folder; 6.03 cubic feet.
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Governing access note
Collection open to research. Currently, the silk banners used in the 2004 and 2014 Furious Flower Poetry Conferences may only be requested (in writing) by Furious Flower Poetry Center staff. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection
Immediate source of acquisition
Furious Flower Poetry Center transferred these materials to Special Collections on May 16 and June 29, 2016.
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The collection is arranged into four series: Series 1: 1994 Conference, 1970-2009; Series 2: 2004 Conference, 2002-2007; Series 3: Media; Series 4: Oversize, 1994-2004. As a result of their inherent chronological series arrangement, Series 1 and 2 are arranged alphabetically with the exception of the Exhibit of Participants materials and the magnesium letterpress die plates in Series 1 which located at the end of the series due to their size. Series 3: Media has no particular arrangement as the materials are undergoing digitization as of August 2016. Series 4: Oversize is arranged by size.

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