Furious Flower Legacy Seminar -The Living Truth: The Life and Work of Nikki Giovanni

Harrisonburg, Virginia, United States

Jun 16 - Jun 22, 2019


TUITION / COST:$750.00 wtih room and board; $400 without room and board, $85.00 day pass.
Scholarship funds are available. Contact Lauren K. Alleyne of Furious Flower Poetry Center for more information.

CONTACT: Lauren K. Alleyne
PHONE: 540-568-2694
EMAIL: alleynlx@jmu.edu
WEBSITE: www.jmu.edu/furiousflower/

Furious Flower Poetry Center invites educators and poets to a week-long seminar focused on the life and work of Nikki Giovanni this June at James Madison University. The seminar is designed to share ideas, strategies, and material for teaching Giovanni’s poetry in the classroom.

This seminars celebrate Nikki Giovanni, a living Black writer whose career has been marked by creative distinction and critical acclaim. Intended to engage scholars, poets, and college/high school educators, but open to the general public, our unique legacy seminars highlight literary contributions of a singular poet, the critical conversations surrounding the poet’s work, and pedagogical strategies for integrating both the critical and creative material into classroom curricula. Nikki Giovanni will be present throughout the week as a participant, so that the scholars/faculty as well as the participants will have direct access to the seminar's subject. In addition to the rich critical discussion that results from these activities, the seminar brings together people who might not ordinarily be in the same space: middle and high school and college educators, poets and critics, teachers of English and teachers of teachers, allowing for conversations across spheres of expertise that will serve to deepen knowledge and appreciation of these different groups, as well as their collective knowledge of Giovanni.


Featured Writers Include:

Emily Lordi, Virginia Fowler, Howard Rambsy, Margo Crawford, Daryl Dance, Opal Moore, Trudier Harris, Joanne Gabbin, and Lauren K. Alleyne,




Furious Flower Poetry Center
James Madison University
Virginia, United States

Furious Flower Poetry Center

Celebration, Education, Preservation: The nation's first academic center devoted to Black poetry, we cultivate, honor, and promote diverse voices by making their poetry accessible to a wide audience and collaborating with educational and cultural institutions, literary organizations, and artists.

A department of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, the Furious Flower Poetry Center serves as a resource to both the campus and the nation with extensive programming, including public readings with visiting poets; seminars for educators and workshops for emerging poets; summer camps for rising third to eighth graders; texts, videos, DVDs and other materials on African American poetry; and major literary conferences.