Join JMU's Furious Flower Poetry Center For an Afternoon of Poetry with Vievee Francis For our final reading series event of the Fall semester, Furious Flower will welcome poet Vievee Francis to James Madison University. Born in West Texas, Francis is the author of Forest Primeval (TriQuarterly Books, 2015), Horse in the Dark (Northwestern University Press, 2012), and Blue-Tail Fly (Wayne State University Press, 2006). Ms. Francis is the winner of numerous awards and fellowships for her work: the 2017 Kingsley Tufts Award for Forest Primeval, Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize for Horse in the Dark, a 2009 Rona Jaffe Award, and fellowships from Cave Canem and from the Kresge Foundation. The poet Adrian Matejka describes her poems as “revelations—of memory, of dust, of the cotton and marginalia strung together to make a history.” Of her own poetry, Francis says, “I’m very much saying that how African-American women are defined is inhuman in its narrowness, and that I, for one, am not going to allow it.” Francis currently serves as an editor for Callaloo and teaches English and creative writing at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Francis earned her MFA from the University of Michigan in 2009. The reading will be held from 4:00 – 5:00 pm on November 8, in the Festival Highlands Room (1301 Carrier Dr.). Local residents are directed to park in D1 Lot, between the Bioscience Building (951 Carrier Dr.) and Rose Library (1251 Carrier Dr.). Plan to arrive early to find a parking place.