UVA MFA Alumni Reading
Hear poets Celeste Lipkes (“Radium Girl”) and Samantha Thornhill (“The Animated Universe”) read their recent works.
Poets Across Genre
In this panel, poets Quan Barry, Thorpe Moeckel, and Lisa Russ Spaar discuss their forays into prose.
Festival Finale at Decipher Brewing
To cap off the 2023 Virginia Festival of the Book, enjoy a drink with us at Decipher Brewing!
Festival Preview Event: Nelson County, VA
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
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
Join past and present members of JMU’s Furious Flower Poetry Center for poetry readings and discussion.
The Turning Point: Shaping a Poetic Life
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
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, 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 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 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 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 …