Furious Flower Poetry Center
Celebrate. Educate. Preserve.

The nation’s first academic center for Black poetry, the Furious Flower Poetry Center is committed to ensuring the visibility, inclusion and critical consideration of Black poets in American letters, as well as in the whole range of educational curricula.

Your gift to the Furious Flower Poetry Center make this and other programs possible:

  • INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE. The Furious Flower Poetry Center conference convenes once every 10 years for scholars and writers from around the world to explore contemporary trends in Black literature, culture, and thought.
  • NATIONAL POETRY CONTEST. An annual poetry prize is given to an emerging writer. 
  • REGIONAL THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS. Tribute concerts and staged reading honor honor Black cultural icons and writers.
  • COMMUNITY SUMMER CAMP. An annual integrated arts experience for kids aged 7 to 13 provides free workshops for local children that emphasize expression, inclusion, and fun.
  • READINGS & LECTURES. The most exciting voices in Black poetry share their art with the JMU community and literature lovers around the world.
  • EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS AND MATERIALS. Seminars, books, DVDs, audio programs, and exhibits empower educators to teach Black poetry in their classrooms from high school on up to the graduate level.
  • BLACK HISTORY ARCHIVE. Housed at the JMU Carrier Library and looked after by university archivists, the sizeable Furious Flower special collection contains manuscripts, video, photographs, correspondence, and more, all carefully accumulated and curated since the first conference in 1994.

Furious Flower Poetry Center 

Provide general support for the nation's first academic center for Black poetry. Preserve the power of the American literary experience by supporting the study of poetry and encouraging new talent.

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Overall Gifts Leaderboard
Which area can bring in the most gifts for giving day?
Rank Area Gifts
1 Duke Club - Proud and True Fund 637
2 College of Business 460
3 College of Education 339
4 Madison Vision Fund 327
5 College of Arts and Letters 318
6 Madison for Keeps Scholarships 259
7 Furious Flower Poetry Center 259
8 College of Science and Mathematics 215
9 Marching Royal Dukes 203
10 African, African American & Diaspora Studies 201
11 Alumni Chapters 156
12 Valley Scholars 141
13 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 141
14 Across the University 140
15 College of Health and Behavioral Studies 131
16 College of Visual and Performing Arts 130
17 Honors College 127
18 College of Integrated Science and Engineering 93
19 Center for Global Engagement 92
20 Dukes Pay it Forward 69
21 The Breeze 64
22 Scholarships 57
23 Center for Civic Engagement 45
24 University Recreation (UREC) 45
25 JMU Libraries 45
26 Parents Fund 43
27 Duke Club - Young Alumni Program 29
28 Student Aid 28
29 Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression 24
30 Madison Trust 21
31 Student Duke Club 18
32 Graduate School 18
33 JMU X-Labs 13
34 Debate Team 4
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Overall Dollars Leaderboard
Which area can raise the most dollars?
Rank Area Raised
1 Duke Club - Proud and True Fund $148,605.46
2 College of Business $67,799.96
3 Madison for Keeps Scholarships $47,476.05
4 College of Arts and Letters $41,859.06
5 Madison Vision Fund $36,257.51
6 College of Visual and Performing Arts $17,484.18
7 Marching Royal Dukes $16,592.94
8 African, African American & Diaspora Studies $16,373.00
9 College of Education $15,294.00
10 Alumni Chapters $14,410.00
11 Valley Scholars $14,365.00
12 College of Science and Mathematics $14,303.00
13 Furious Flower Poetry Center $14,225.00
14 College of Integrated Science and Engineering $13,649.00
15 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion $11,712.00
16 Across the University $10,582.00
17 Honors College $9,787.00
18 College of Health and Behavioral Studies $8,705.00
19 Center for Global Engagement $7,925.01
20 Parents Fund $7,729.00
21 The Breeze $6,710.00
22 Dukes Pay it Forward $5,460.00
23 Center for Civic Engagement $4,695.00
24 Scholarships $4,610.00
25 Madison Trust $4,025.00
26 University Recreation (UREC) $3,009.96
27 JMU Libraries $2,695.12
28 Student Aid $2,670.00
29 Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression $1,600.00
30 Duke Club - Young Alumni Program $1,515.00
31 Student Duke Club $940.00
32 JMU X-Labs $745.00
33 Graduate School $553.00
34 Debate Team $80.00
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