Celebrating Thirty Years: Furious Flower Poetry Center Reading

Room 2102B, Kansas City Convention Center, Street Level
Friday, February 9, 2024
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


Join Furious Flower Poetry Center, the nation’s first academic center dedicated to educating, celebrating, and preserving Black poetry, for a thirtieth anniversary poetry reading and conversation! Camille T. Dungy, Joel Dias-Porter, and Nate Marshall, who participated in Furious Flower's conference held in 1994, 2004, and 2014, will share their work and experiences. Executive Director Lauren K. Alleyne will forecast the 2024 conference in September and moderate.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_2024_Panel_Event_Outline.pdf



Lauren K. Alleyne is the author of Difficult Fruit (2014) and Honeyfish (2019) and coeditor of Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry (2020). She is executive director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center and professor of English at James Madison University.

Camille T. Dungy's books include Soil: The Story of a Black Mother's Garden, four books of poetry, most recently, Trophic Cascade, and the essays Guidebook to Relative Strangers. She edited Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry, and coedited two other anthologies.

Joel Dias-Porter was the 1998–99 Heads Up Haiku Slam Champ; he has been published in Time magazine, POETRY, Mead, The Offending Adam, Best American Poets 2014, Callalloo, Ploughshares, Antioch Review, and Red Brick Review. His first book is Ideas of Improvisation. He lives in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Nate Marshall is the author of Finna and Wild Hundreds. He is an editor of BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. Marshall is an assistant professor in the creative writing program at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center