UVA MFA Alumni Reading

March 26, 2023 6PM – 7PM

Hear poets Celeste Lipkes (“Radium Girl”) and Samantha Thornhill (“The Animated Universe”) read their recent works.


Poets Across Genre

March 26, 2023 2PM – 3PM

In this panel, poets Quan Barry, Thorpe Moeckel, and Lisa Russ Spaar discuss their forays into prose.


Festival Finale at Decipher Brewing

March 26, 2023 7PM – 8:30PM

To cap off the 2023 Virginia Festival of the Book, enjoy a drink with us at Decipher Brewing!


Festival Preview Event: Nelson County, VA

March 18, 2023 5:30PM – 6:30PM

Local writers converge at Rapunzel’s Cafe and Bookstore for a fun night of poetry and prose, as well as creative writing prompts.


National Book Foundation Presents: An Afternoon with the National Book Awards

March 25, 2023 4PM – 5PM

John Keene (“Punks: New & Selected Poems”) and Robert Samuels & Toluse Olorunnipa (“His Name Is George Floyd: One Man’s Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice”) discuss how singular stories collectively shape history.


Furious Flower Poetry Hour

March 24, 2023 4PM – 5PM

Join past and present members of JMU’s Furious Flower Poetry Center for poetry readings and discussion.


The Turning Point: Shaping a Poetic Life

March 23, 2023 1PM – 2PM

Acclaimed Virginia-based poets Janine Joseph, Gregory Orr, and Kiki Petrosino take a look back at their lives and works.


2023 Same Page Community Read

March 25, 2023 2PM – 3PM
Ticketed Event

We’re pleased to share that our 2023 Same Page featured book is Ross Gay’s “The Book of Delights.” Gay will be in conversation about this book and his most recent work, “Inciting Joy.”


Thorpe Moeckel

Thorpe Moeckel, author of According to Sand and six other books, has taught in the writing program at Hollins University since 2005. His work has been recipient of NEA, Javits, …


Lauren Alleyne

Lauren K. Alleyne is the author of two collections of poetry, Difficult Fruit and Honeyfish, and co-editor of Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry. She is Executive …


L. Renée

L. Renée descends from proud Black Appalachians and writes about her ancestors. Winner of the international 2022 Rattle Poetry Prize, her work has been published in Obsidian, Tin House Online, …


Joanne Gabbin

Joanne V. Gabbin is the founder and former Executive Director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center and Professor Emerita of English at James Madison University. She is author or editor …

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