The mission of the Furious Flower Poetry Center is to advance the genre of African American Poetry by providing opportunities for education, research, and publication.
Furious Flower Poetry Center serves as a resource for the campus and local Harrisonburg community. The Center hosts visiting poets, sponsors poetry workshops for emerging poets, holds an annual poetry camp for children in the community, and produces scholarly texts, videos and DVDs on African American poetry. Furious Flower has sponsored two decade-defining conferences celebrating the African American poetic tradition.
Established on October 28, 1999, the Center is dedicated to the memory of poet Gwendolyn Brooks. Dr. Joanne Gabbin directs the Center, which is located on the campus of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.