The Furious Flower Poetry Center and JMU Libraries publish “Flowerings: A Framework for Mutual Growth”

Harrisonburg, Virginia — The Furious Flower Poetry Center and James Madison University Libraries are pleased to announce the publication of “Flowering: a framework for mutual growth.” The framework is for leaders of libraries, archives, museums, and arts and humanities centers who want to partner across organizational lines and bring communities together. It is also directly supporting the next steps in implementing a 4.5-year, $2 million grant from the Mellon Foundation to securing a digital future for black poetry at JMU.

The “frames” of the document serve as a metaphorical trellis for the partnership that the Furious Flower Libraries and JMU sow and nurture together:

  • Convey a restorative understanding of library collections as assets of partner communities.
  • Cultivate an Afrofuturist understanding of archives as instruments for imagining new futures.
  • Develop trust and authenticity when exploring issues of authority and fairness.
  • Focus on holistic transformation and lasting partnerships rather than pre-determined outcomes.
  • Engage the outer eyes to support honest and comprehensive self-examination.
  • Explore how organizational leaders can build a shared vision for transformational change.

The framework summarizes lessons learned from work on “Furious Flowerings: Developing a Partnership Model for Digital Library Support of a Living Center for Black Poetry,” a planning grant funded by the Mellon Foundation in 2020-2021.

“We are deeply grateful to the many partners, advisors, colleagues and participants who contributed to this project,” said Dr. Jody Fagan, project coordinator for the grant. The framework’s authors include Fagan, Executive Director of Furious Flower, Lauren K. Alleyne, Founder, Dr. Joanne Gabbin, and Dr. Bethany Nowviskie, Dean of JMU Libraries.


Contact: Ginny Cramer, [email protected]

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