S214. Furious Flower Presents Black Poets on Poetics

B110-112, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


What makes a great poem? What does one bring to the making of a poem as a Black writer, and does it matter? This panel asks these questions of poets who are contributors to the third Furious Flower anthology, Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry. This groundbreaking collection gathers for the first time essays on poetics by Black poets, showcasing a diversity of approaches to poetic craft. The poets read from their essays and discuss their poetics.


Lauren K. Alleyne is an award-winning poet. She is the author of Difficult Fruit, and Honeyfish, and has published her work widely. She is Assistant Director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center and Associate Professor of English at James Madison University.

Frank X Walker is a cofounder of the Affrilachian Poets, a Cave Canem fellow, and Editor of PLUCK!. The author of nine collections of poetry and a recipient of a Lannan Foundation Poetry Fellowship, Walker is Professor of English and African American and Africana Studies at the University of Kentucky.

Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon is the author of Open Interval, a 2009 National Book Award finalist, and Black Swan, winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, as well as Poems in Conversation and a Conversation, a chapbook collaboration with Elizabeth Alexander.

Ross Gay is the author of the poetry collections, Against Which, Bringing the Shovel Down, and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, and the essay collection, The Book of Delights. He teaches at Indiana University.


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center