A Guide to the Furious Flower Poetry Center Records, 1990-2014:UA 0017

A Guide to the Furious Flower Poetry Center Records, 1990-2014:UA 0017

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Repository
Special Collections, James Madison University
Collection Number
UA 0017
Title
Furious Flower Poetry Center Records, 1990-2014
Extent
8.7 cubic feet; 13 hollinger boxes, 1 half-hollinger box, 1 record storage box, 1 oversize hollinger box, 5 oversize flat boxes, 1 oversize flat folder
Creator
James Madison University. Furious Flower Poetry Center
source
Joanne Gabbin
Location
Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Language
English
Abstract
The Furious Flower Poetry Center Records, consisting of 8.7 cubic feet (13 Hollinger boxes, 1 half-Hollinger box, 1 record storage box, 5 oversize flat boxes, 1 oversize flat folder), document the departmental activities of the Furious Flower Poetry Center.

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [box #, folder #], Furious Flower Poetry Center Records, 1990-2014, UA 0017, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

Acquisition Information

Furious Flower Poetry Center transferred these materials to Special Collections on May 16 and June 29, 2016.

Processing Information

The donor's original order, including folder titles, was maintained whenever possible. The archivist imposed an order on any unordered files, titled any untitled files, and created discrete series. Social security numbers and bank account numbers have been redacted from materials. When possible, newspapers and clippings were photocopied and originals returned to donor. All material contained within three-ring binders was disbound and foldered in original order. During processing several folders were discovered to be empty. Their folder titles are as follows: Dream in Color Drafts, WHSV Children First 2010, WVPT Kid's Book Festival 2010, Poetry Month 2010, Winter Poetry Contest 2010, Marilyn Nelson Reading 2010, 73 Poems Honorariums (Music). The empty folders were discarded.

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Digitization of media content is in-process as of November 2016. Access will be made available to content once digitization is complete, barring any copyright or use restrictions.


Administrative History

The Furious Flower Poetry Center (FFPC) was established in 1999 by Joanne V. Gabbin when she was the director of James Madison University's Honors Program. With this flagship of the Honors Program, she continued the kind of programming she had begun by hosting the 1994 Furious flower Poetry Conference, which was the nation's first scholarly conference on Black poetry. The event was met with overwhelming praise, and The Washington Post called it an historic event. In 2005, following the success of the second Furious Flower Poetry Conference (2004), JMU gave the FFPC its official charter, making it the first academic center in the United States devoted to Black poetry. Gabbin became its executive director, leaving the Honors Program after 19 years of service.

Today, the FFPC is committed to "cultivating, honoring, and promoting the diverse voices of African American poets by making the genre accessible to a wide audience and collaborating with educational and cultural institutions, literary organizations, and artists." It hosts visiting poets for readings at JMU and nearby venues; sponsors workshops; holds an annual poetry camp for elementary and middle school-aged children; produces texts, videos, DVDs and other materials on African-American poetry; and gathers poets and other scholars for intimate panels and seminars, as well as major conferences. FFPC has held three decennial Furious Flower Conferences: "A Revolution in African American Poetry" (1994), "Regenerating the Black Poetic Tradition" (2004), and "Seeding the Future of African American Poetry" (2014).

FFPC is located off of Martin Luther King Jr. Way/Historic Cantrell Avenue. Beyond her duties as Executive Director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center, Joanne Gabbin is a professor of English at JMU, a published author, and a member of the International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent.

Scope and Content

The Furious Flower Poetry Center Records, 1990-2014, consisting of 8.7 cubic feet (13 Hollinger boxes, 1 half-Hollinger box, 5 oversize flat boxes, 1 oversize flat folder), document the departmental activities of the Furious Flower Poetry Center, a unit formerly of the JMU Honor's Program that became its own separate academic center of the University in 2005. A portion of the material contained within the records derive from events and programs sponsored by the Furious Flower Poetry Center including 73 Poems for 73 Years: Celebrating the Life of Lucille Clifton, Lineage: The Margaret Walker Song Cycle, and an annual children's poetry camp. Specific types of materials include event posters and brochures, exhibit panels, logistical and planning documentation, and email correspondence. Materials related to publications produced by the Center such as Mourning Katrina: A Poetic Response to Tragedy and Shaping Memories: Reflections of African American Women Writers are comprised of draft manuscripts and correspondence with poets and publishers. Grant proposals and awards, many of which relate to the aforementioned events and projects, are also represented.

While there may be overlap in content, materials directly related to Furious Flower's decennial conferences on African-American poetry form a separate collection – Furious Flower Poetry Center Conference Records, UA 0018.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into five series:

Series 1: Grants, 2004-2014

Series 2: Publications and Manuscripts, 1993-2012

Series 3: Events, Programs, and Workshops, 1990-2012

Series 4: Media

Series 5: Oversize, 2004-2012

All series are arranged chronologically; Series 2 and Series 3 are further arranged alphabetically within a particular publication or event. At this time, no particular order has been imposed on Series 4. Series 5 is arranged chronologically according to the order determined in the "home" series.

Related Material

Furious Flower Poetry Center Conference Records, UA 0018

Separated Material

A copy of Mourning Katrina: A Poetic Response to Tragedy Buena Vista, Va.: Mariner Publishing, 2009 and 73 Poems for 73 Years: Celebrating the Life of Lucille Clifton Harrisonburg, Va.: Virginia Tech Printing Services, 2010 were removed from Series 2, catalogued, and placed in the Special Collections rare book collection.

The following titles were removed from Series 3 and catalogued: Opala, Joseph A. The Gullah: rice, slavery and the Sierra Leone-American connection. Freetown, Sierra Leone: USIS, 1987; Opala, Joseph. Krio in a nutshell.: Krio Grammar with Lessons, Exercise and Vocabulary, Vol. 1. Freetown, Sierra Leone: [publisher not identified], 1991; Opala, Joseph. Krio in a nutshell.: Krio Conversation with Dialogues, Stories, Proverbs, etc., Vol. 2. Freetown, Sierra Leone: [publisher not identified], 1991; Geraty, Virginia Mixson. Bittle en' t'ing': Gullah cooking with Maum Chrish'. Orangeburg, S.C.: Sandlapper Pub., 1992.

Due to duplication elsewhere in Special Collections the following issues of Madison (known as Montpelier from 1977-2005), many with articles pertaining to Furious Flower Poetry Center, were returned to the donor: Summer 2003, Winter 2005, Spring 2006, Fall 2006, Summer 2006, Spring 2007, Summer 2007, Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Winter 2008, Summer 2009, Fall 2009, Spring/Summer 2010, Spring/Summer 2011, Fall 2011, Spring/Summer 2015. These issues were loose when donated and were not a part of any pre-established order or foldering system.


Bibliography

"Furious Flower Poetry Center." James Madison University. Accessed August 09, 2016. https://www.jmu.edu/furiousflower/index.shtml.


Container List

Grants, 2004-2014
Box:Folder: 1
Contents

Arranged chronologically.

FFPC relies heavily on funding from corporate entities and non-profits to subsidize and off-set the cost of furthering their mission of promoting African-American poetry. As such, this series contains grant proposals and awards (all closed) relating to events, publications, and other projects sponsored by the Furious Flower Poetry Center. Projects represented in this series include "Dream in Color," an online curriculum sponsored by Target that enabled elementary, middle, and high-school students to discover the works of African-American poets; and the publication of Mourning Katrina, an anthology of poems by observers and survivors of Hurricane Katrina. All grant materials were removed from three-ring binders and foldered, maintaining original order.

  • Box:Folder 1
    1
    California Newsreel, 532025 (Folder 1 of 2), 2004-2014
  • Box:Folder 1
    2
    California Newsreel, 532025 (Folder 2 of 2), 2004-2014
  • Box:Folder 1
    3
    TJ Anderson, Grant Closed, , 2005
  • Box:Folder 1
    4
    Poetry Camp 2005, Grant Closed, 2005
  • Box:Folder 1
    5
    Rachel Malcolm Woods, 17 Stones Lost & Forgotten, 2005
  • Box:Folder 1
    6
    Nikki Giovanni, Grant Closed, 2005-2006
  • Box:Folder 1
    7
    Target - 550200 (Folder 1 of 2), 2006-2009
  • Box:Folder 1
    8
    Target - 550200 (Folder 2 of 2), 2006-2009
  • Box:Folder 2
    1
    Donnelly (PC), 550201, 2006-2010
  • Box:Folder 2
    2
    Donnelly (MK), 550070 (Folder 1 of 2), 2006-2010
  • Box:Folder 2
    3
    Donnelly (MK), 550070 (Folder 2 of 2), 2006-2010
  • Box:Folder 2
    4
    Pomegranate, 532113, 2006-2012
  • Box:Folder 2
    5
    COFCU - 550173, Closed, 2006-2013
  • Box:Folder 2
    6
    ACV - Dr. Goddess - 550232, 2007-2008
  • Box:Folder 2
    7
    ACV Rutha Harris, 550274, 2007-2008
  • Box:Folder 3
    1
    Clifton VFH, 550282 (Folder 1 of 2), 2007-2008
  • Box:Folder 3
    2
    Clifton VFH, 550282 (Folder 2 of 2), 2007-2008
Publications and Manuscripts, 1993-2012
Box:Folder: 3
Contents

Arranged chronologically by project date and sub-arranged alphabetically within each project.

This series contains material related to publications and manuscripts produced by the Furious Flower Poetry Center. In many cases this refers to books in the typical sense (Mourning Katrina: A Poetic Response to Tragedy, Furious Flower: African-American Poetry from the Black Arts Movement to the Present), Furious Flower Poetry Center also oversaw the publication of The Painted Word – a set of notecards and a corresponding calendar of poets' portraits. Correspondence with various publishers is also included.

  • Box:Folder 3
    3
    Oxford University Press, 1993-2005
  • Box:Folder 3
    4
    UVA Contracts Furious Flower, 1994-2006
  • Box:Folder 3
    5
    LSU Press, 1998-2001
  • Box:Folder 3
    6
    Furious Flower Manuscript (Folder 1 of 5), 2003
  • Box:Folder 3
    7
    Furious Flower Manuscript (Folder 2 of 5), 2003
  • Box:Folder 4
    1
    Furious Flower Manuscript (Folder 3 of 5), 2003
  • Box:Folder 4
    2
    Furious Flower Manuscript (Folder 4 of 5), 2003
  • Box:Folder 4
    3
    Furious Flower Manuscript (Folder 5 of 5), 2003
  • Box:Folder 4
    4
    Manuscript - Greening (Folder 1 of 2), 2003
  • Box:Folder 4
    5
    Manuscript - Greening (Folder 2 of 2), 2003
  • Box:Folder 4
    6
    Defining Moments table of contents, 2003
  • Box:Folder 4
    7
    FFPC Brochure 2006, 2003-2006
  • Box:Folder 5
    1
    Lynda Koolish Book Project, 2004-2007
  • Box:Folder 5
    2
    Library - Books Desired, 2005-2006
  • Box:Folder 5
    3
    Mourning Katrina correspondence, 2005-2006
  • Box:Folder 5
    4
    Mourning Katrina Submissions I, 2005
  • Box:Folder 5
    5
    Mourning Katrina Submissions II (Folder 1 of 2), 2005-2007
  • Box:Folder 5
    6
    Mourning Katrina Submissions II (Folder 2 of 2), 2005-2007
  • Box:Folder 6
    1
    Mourning Katrina Talent Releases, 2005-2006
  • Box:Folder 6
    2
    Mourning Katrina Poems A-E, 2005-2009
  • Box:Folder 6
    3
    Mourning Katrina Poems F-J, 2005-2009
  • Box:Folder 6
    4
    Mourning Katrina Poems K-O, 2005-2006
  • Box:Folder 6
    5
    Mourning Katrina Poems P-T, 2005-2006
  • Box:Folder 6
    6
    Mourning Katrina Poems U-Z, 2005-2009
  • Box:Folder 6
    7
    Mourning Katrina Poems not yet sent, 2005-2006
  • Box:Folder 6
    8
    Mourning Katrina Press, 2005-2007
  • Box:Folder 7
    1
    Mourning Katrina JVG Writing, 2005-2010
  • Box:Folder 7
    2
    Katrina & Rita Articles, 2006
  • Box:Folder 7
    3
    Mourning Katrina Contacts, 2006
  • Box:Folder 7
    4
    Mourning Katrina UVA Press, 2006
  • Box:Folder 7
    5
    Praise for My Soul CD, 2006-2007
  • Box:Folder 7
    6
    Mourning Katrina Background Information, 2006-2008
  • Box:Folder 7
    7
    Mourning Katrina Mariner Publishing, 2006-2008
  • Box:Folder 7
    8
    Mourning Katrina Permissions to Poets, 2006-2009
  • Box:Folder 7
    9
    Mourning Katrina CD Sales & Promotion, 2006-2011
  • Box:Folder 7
    10
    Mourning Katrina CD Project, 2007
  • Box:Folder 7
    11
    Mourning Katrina Invoices, 2007
  • Box:Folder 7
    12
    Preview of My Soul is Anchored CD, 2007
  • Box:Folder 7
    13
    Mourning Katrina Book Project, 2007-2011
  • Box:Folder 7
    14
    Mourning Katrina Promotional & Event Materials [SELECTED ITEMS REMOVED TO OVERSIZE], 2008
  • Box:Folder 7
    15
    Mourning Katrina book, undated
  • Box:Folder 8
    1
    Mourning Katrina Draft Manuscript, undated
  • Box:Folder 8
    2
    Mourning Katrina Draft Manuscript, undated
  • Box:Folder 8
    4
    Pomegranate (Folder 1 of 2), 2005-2010
  • Box:Folder 8
    5
    Pomegranate (Folder 2 of 2), 2005-2010
  • Box:Folder 8
    6
    The Painted Word: African American Poets, 2008 calendars (Pomegranate) [REMOVED TO OVERSIZE], 2008
  • Box:Folder 8
    7
    The Painted Word: African American Poets Notecards (Pomegranate), undated
  • Box:Folder 8
    8
    Intellectual Property Disclosures, 2006-2007
  • Box:Folder 9
    1
    JVG - Manuscript - Wintergreen (Folder 1 of 2), 2006-2008
  • Box:Folder 9
    2
    JVG - Manuscript - Wintergreen (Folder 2 of 2), 2006-2008
  • Box:Folder 9
    3
    Shaping Memories Publication & Orders, 2007-2009
  • Box:Folder 9
    4
    Permissions - Wintergreen Book, 2008
  • Box:Folder 9
    5
    Shaping Memories, JVG Book Release, 2008-2009
  • Box:Folder 9
    6
    Wintergreen biographies and list of unedited essays, 2009
  • Box:Folder 9
    7
    Dream in Color Press [SELECTED ITEMS REMOVED TO OVERSIZE], 2006-2007
  • Box:Folder 9
    8
    Target, 2006
  • Box:Folder 9
    9
    Dream in Color Curricula, 2007
  • Box:Folder 8
    3
    Furious Flower Poetry Center - Malaika Favorite Quilt Portrait - 2007 Calendar, 2005-2008
  • Box:Folder 10
    1
    Dream in Color Lessons, 2007
  • Box:Folder 10
    2
    FFPC - Target, 2007
  • Box:Folder 10
    3
    Permissions for Poems (Poetry Writing Contest), 2008
  • Box:Folder 10
    4
    Publishers' Contact Information, 2010-2012
Events, Programs, and Workshops, 1990-2012
Box:Folder: 10
Contents

Arranged chronologically by event and sub-arranged alphabetically within each event.

This series is comprised of material relating primarily to the many events, programs, and workshops hosted and sponsored by the Furious Flower Poetry Center. Major events represented in this series include Tell Me Your Names: The Poetry of Lucille Clifton, a week-long seminar held June 14 –June 21, 2009 and 73 Poems for 73 Years: Celebrating the Life of Lucille Clifton, a tribute program held September 21, 2010. Of particular interest are 57 oversize exhibit panels from Among Poets: Lucille Clifton Commemorative Exhibition. This 2012 exhibition held at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum and the Enoch Pratt Free Library, both in Baltimore, Maryland, primarily feature photographs by Lynda Koolish of Lucille Clifton, her contemporaries, and her family and friends. The Center's annual Children's Poetry Camp is also well documented. Researchers should note that there are some files in this series (e.g. materials concerning Oni Lasana Productions) that are not directly related to events held by FFPC. These events are likely ones attended by FFPC staff or documented because they serve as examples of comparable outreach initiatives or similar types of promotion.

  • Box:Folder 10
    5
    Oni Lasana Productions Presents Adventures in Poetry, Storytelling, & More!, 1990-2009
  • Box:Folder 10
    6
    Programs and promotional materials, 1994-2011
  • Box:Folder 10
    7
    Joe Opala, 1999-2003
  • Box:Folder 10
    8
    FFPC Press & Publicity, 1999-2006
  • Box:Folder 10
    9
    Celebrating Black Women, 2000
  • Box:Folder 10
    10
    Materials from Event binder (Folder 1 of 2) [SELECTED ITEMS REMOVED TO OVERSIZE], 2000-2011
  • Box:Folder 11
    1
    Materials from Event binder (Folder 2 of 2), 2000-2011
  • Box:Folder 11
    2
    2004-2005 Events [REMOVED TO OVERSIZE], 2004
  • Box:Folder 11
    3
    Shenandoah Valley Slam Team, 2004-2006
  • Box:Folder 11
    4
    Virginia Commission for the Arts, 2004-2006
  • Box:Folder 11
    5
    National Poetry Slam, 2005
  • Box:Folder 11
    6
    National Humanities Center, 2005-2006
  • Box:Folder 11
    7
    Truth Is On Its Way, 2006
  • Box:Folder 11
    8
    2006-2007 Events, 2006-2007
  • Box:Folder 11
    9
    Poetry Readings & Performances [SELECTED ITEMS REMOVED TO OVERSIZE], 2006-2011, undated
  • Box:Folder 11
    10
    FFPC - Education, 2007
  • Box:Folder 11
    11
    Richard Wright Project, 2007
  • Box:Folder 11
    12
    Virginia Literary Awards, 2007
  • Box:Folder 11
    13
    2007-2008 Events, 2007-2008
  • Box:Folder 11
    14
    Visiting Speakers 2008: Dr. Goddess, Goes to Jail, 2007-2008
  • Box:Folder 11
    15
    Children's Poetry Camp [SELECTED ITEMS REMOVED TO OVERSIZE], 2007-2012
  • Box:Folder 11
    16
    Visiting Speakers 2008: David Mills, 2008
  • Box:Folder 12
    1
    2008-2009 Events, 2008-2009
  • Box:Folder 12
    2
    Events 2009, Children's Museum & WVPT Kid's Book Festival, 2009
  • Box:Folder 12
    3
    Poetry Month, 2009
  • Box:Folder 12
    4
    National Poetry Month [SELECTED ITEMS REMOVED TO OVERSIZE], 2009-2010, undated
  • Box:Folder 12
    5
    Tell Me Your Names [SELECTED ITEMS REMOVED TO OVERSIZE], 2009
  • Box:Folder 12
    6
    Tell Me Your Names schedule, 2009
  • Box:Folder 12
    7
    Tell Me Your Names Seminar - Audience Questions and Permission Forms, 2009
  • Box:Folder 12
    8
    Tell Me Your Names Seminar - Evaluations, 2009
  • Box:Folder 12
    9
    Tell Me Your Names Seminar - Expense Statement, 2009
  • Box:Folder 12
    10
    Tell Me Your Names Seminar - Facilities Management, 2009
  • Box:Folder 12
    11
    Tell Me Your Names Seminar - Information and Ads, 2009
  • Box:Folder 12
    12
    Tell Me Your Names Seminar - Master List and Contacts, 2009
  • Box:Folder 12
    13
    Tell Me Your Names Seminar - Miscellaneous Information, 2009
  • Box:Folder 12
    14
    Tell Me Your Names Seminar - Registrations, 2009
  • Box:Folder 12
    15
    Tell Me Your Names Seminar - Staff, 2009
  • Box:Folder 12
    16
    Tell Me Your Names Seminar - Web Information, 2009
  • Box:Folder 12
    17
    73 Poems for 73 Years, 2010
  • Box:Folder 12
    18
    73 Poems - Articles, , 2010-2011
  • Box:Folder 12
    19
    73 Poems - Bookstore, 2010
  • Box:Folder 12
    20
    73 Poems - Budget & Expenses, undated
  • Box:Folder 12
    21
    73 Poems - Bulk Mail, 2010
  • Box:Folder 12
    22
    73 Poems - Contact List, undated
  • Box:Folder 13
    1
    73 Poems - DVD, 2010-2011
  • Box:Folder 13
    2
    73 Poems - DVD Requests, 2011
  • Box:Folder 13
    3
    73 Poems - Facilities, 2010
  • Box:Folder 13
    3
    73 Poems - Facilities, 2010
  • Box:Folder 13
    4
    73 Poems - Giving Card, 2010
  • Box:Folder 13
    5
    73 Poems - Invoices for Booklet, 2010
  • Box:Folder 13
    6
    73 Poems - Lodging, 2010
  • Box:Folder 13
    7
    73 Poems - Maps & Information, undated
  • Box:Folder 13
    8
    73 Poems - Parking, 2010
  • Box:Folder 13
    9
    73 Poems - Permission to Use Poems, 2010
  • Box:Folder 13
    10
    73 Poems for 73 Years - Photographs (B&W), 2010
  • Box:Folder 13
    11
    73 Poems for 73 Years - Photographs (Color), 2010
  • Box:Folder 13
    12
    73 Poems - Poems, undated
  • Box:Folder 13
    13
    73 Poems - Poets, 2010
  • Box:Folder 13
    14
    73 Poems - Poets Correspondence, 2010
  • Box:Folder 13
    15
    73 Poems - Programs, 2010
  • Box:Folder 13
    16
    73 Poems - Reception, 2010
  • Box:Folder 13
    17
    73 Poems - Souvenir Booklet, 2010
  • Box:Folder 13
    18
    73 Poems - Talent Releases, 2010
  • Box:Folder 13
    19
    73 Poems - Tickets, 2010
  • Box:Folder 13
    20
    73 Poems - Transportation, 2010
  • Box:Folder 13
    21
    73 Poems - Volunteers, 2010
  • Box:Folder 13
    22
    Writers at 73 Poems, undated
  • Box:Folder 14
    1
    Collegiate Poetry Summit [SELECTED ITEMS REMOVED TO OVERSIZE], 2010
  • Box:Folder 14
    2
    Furious Flower Poetry Center's 6th Annual Children's Poetry Camp Notebook, 2010
  • Box:Folder 14
    3
    Lineage, 2010
  • Box:Folder 14
    4
    Lineage: The Margaret Walker Song Cycle [SELECTED ITEMS REMOVED TO OVERSIZE], 2010
  • Box:Folder 14
    5
    Poetry Society of America Awards Ceremony, 2010
  • Box:Folder 14
    6
    Women in the Arts, 2010
  • Box:Folder 14
    7
    Collegiate Summit, 2010-2012
  • Box:Folder 14
    8
    Continuous Fire, 2011
  • Box:Folder 14
    9
    Among Poets: Lucille Clifton Commemorative Exhibition panels [REMOVED TO OVERSIZE], 2012
  • Box:Folder 14
    10
    Sheer Good Fortune [SELECTED ITEMS REMOVED TO OVERSIZE], 2012
  • Box:Folder 14
    11
    National Poetry Month, undated
Media, undated
Box:Folder: 0
Contents

No particular arrangement.

This series contains various types of media including CD-Rs, DVDs, and magnetic media storage tapes. All media types are in the process of being digitized as of August 2016. Access to content will be made available once digitization is complete, barring any copyright or other use restrictions.

Oversize, 2004-2012
Box:Folder: OV1
Contents

Arranged chronologically according to the order determined in the originating series with the exception of the Among Poets exhibit panels. These items are boxed together beginning with box OV2. Note that these panels are not individually foldered, but rather boxed loose. In this case, the folder titles are actually the title of the exhibit panel itself. Additionally, the date in parentheses represents the date of the original photograph while the item date of 2012 represents the date of the physical exhibit panel.

The Oversize series consists of five flat oversize boxes and one additional flat folder of materials that do not fit within the standard Hollinger boxes. The Oversize series consists of materials that have been physically removed from their intellectual arrangement within the existing series due to their size and as such, the Oversize series functions only as a container list. Items removed from their original location were replaced with an acid-free separation sheet indicating the items(s) removed to its respective oversize location. The following folder titles are each represented elsewhere in the collection.

  • Box:Folder OV1
    1
    Mourning Katrina Promotional & Event Materials, ca. 2008
  • Box:Folder OV1
    2
    The Painted Word: African American Poets, 2008 Calendars, , 2008
  • Box:Folder OV1
    3
    Dream in Color Press, 2006-2007
  • Box:Folder OV1
    4
    Materials from Event binder (Folder 1 of 2), 2000-2011
  • Box:Folder OV1
    5
    Poetry Readings & Performances, 2006-2011, undated
  • Box:Folder OV1
    6
    Children's Poetry Camp, 2007-2012
  • Box:Folder OV1
    7
    National Poetry Month, 2009-2010, undated
  • Box:Folder OV1
    8
    Tell Me Your Names, 2009
  • Box:Folder OV1
    9
    Collegiate Poetry Summit, 2010
  • Box:Folder OV1
    10
    Lineage: The Margaret Walker Song Cycle, 2010-2011
  • Box:Folder OV1
    11
    Sheer Good Fortune, 2012
  • Box:Folder OV2
    Among Poets: Lucille Clifton Commemorative Exhibition panels, undated
    • Box:Folder OV2
      1
      Alexia Clifton as a child, born in 1965 (circa 1970), 2012
    • Box:Folder OV2
      2
      Lucille Clifton with all six of her children: her daughters, Sidney, Fredrica, Gillian, and Alexia and her sons, Channing and Graham (circa 1960), 2012
    • Box:Folder OV2
      4
      Opal Moore, poet, educator, and Furious Flower Advisory Board member (2010), 2012
    • Box:Folder OV2
      3
      Fred James Clifton, Lucille's husband, whom she married in 1958 and with whom she had six children between 1959 and 1967 (circa 1970) , 2012
    • Box:Folder OV2
      5
      Lucille Clifton with her grandsons, Clifton Brown and Dakotah Brown (2006), 2012
    • Box:Folder OV2
      6
      Young bass player in the Elliott Family String Quartet at the Clifton tribute (2010), 2012
    • Box:Folder OV2
      7
      Hilary Hollady, educator and author of Wild Blessings: the Poetry of Lucille Clifton (2010), 2012
    • Box:Folder OV2
      8
      Lucille Clifton, holding a photograph of her deceased daughter, Fredrica, with Alexandra, Gillian, Alexia, Bailey, Sidney, and Noah (2006), 2012
    • Box:Folder OV2
      9
      Portrait of Lucille Clifton (circa 1960), 2012
    • Box:Folder OV2
      10
      Haki Madhubuti, poet, educator, and founder of Third World Press (2004), 2012
    • Box:Folder OV2
      11
      Hermine Pinson, poet, educator, and Wintergreen Women Writers' Collective member (2007), 2012
    • Box:Folder OV2
      12
      Eugene Redmond, poet and founder of the Drumvoices Revue at Clifton tribute (2004), 2012
    • Box:Folder OV2
      13
      Thomas Sayers Ellis, poet, educator, and former member of the Dark Room Collective (2004), 2012
    • Box:Folder OV2
      14
      Fred D' Aguiar, poet and educator (2004), 2012
    • Box:Folder OV2
      15
      W. S. Merwin, poet and former Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets (2000), , 2012
    • Box:Folder OV3
      1
      Joanne Gabbin and Lynda Koolish, curators of the exhibit "Won't You Celebrate With Me" (2010), 2012
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      Lucille Clifton with daughters Gillian and Alexia (2000), 2012
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      Val Gray Ward, actor, director, and founder of the Kuumba Theater Company and Joanne Gabbin at the Clifton tribute at JMU (2010), 2012
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      Kwame Dawes, poet, educator, and Cave Canem Faculty (2008), 2012
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      Jericho Brown, poet and educator (2008), 2012
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      Kelly Norman Ellis, Nikky Finney, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Aisha Moon, Alexia Clifton, Gillian Clifton, Samantha Thornhill, Treasure Williams, and Tayari Jones at JMU (2010), 2012
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      Quraysh Ali Lansana, poet and educator, and Joanne Gabbin at JMU (2010), 2012
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      Lamont Steptoe, poet, photographer, and Vietnam veteran (2008), 2012
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      Tayari Jones, author and speaker (2007), 2012
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      Lucille with daughters, Alexia, Sidney, and Gillian (2000), 2012
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      Kimberly Ellis, Joanne Gabbin, Rita Dove, Aisha Moon, and Rachel Eliza Griffiths at the Clifton tribute at JMU (2010), 2012
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      Lucille (Sayles) Clifton with her father Sam Sayles, Sr. and Fred Clifton (circa 1957), 2012
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      Alicia Ostriker, poet and author of important critical essay on Clifton (2007), 2012
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      Marilyn Nelson, Poet Laureate of Connecticut and Cave Canem Elder (2007), 2012
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      C. D. Wright, taken at the Desert Nights, Rising Stars: the ASU Writers' Conference (2005), 2012
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      Yusef Komunyakaa, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Cave Canem Faculty (2008), 2012
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      Adrienne Rich (1929-2012), poet and former Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets (1978), 2012
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      Cornelius Eady, poet and co-founder of Cave Canem (2003), 2012, 2012
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      Alfredteen Harrison, Civil Rights activist and co-convener of Unsettling Memories Conference (2004), 2012
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      Unnamed healer at slave burial grounds in Natchez, Mississippi (2004), 2012
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      Alice Walker, author, poet, and collector of quilts (2002), 2012
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      Eugene Redmond, Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez and Joanne Gabbin at 2004 Furious Flower Poetry Conference (2004), 2012
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      Gordon Parks (1912-2006) photographer, poet, novelist, musician, and filmmaker (circa 2004), 2012
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      Ronald L. Freeman, long-time photographer for the Smithsonian Institute (2004), 2012
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      James Allen, curator of lynching exhibit Without Sanctuary (2004), 2012
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      Lynda Koolish, primary photographer and assembler of this quilt-like exhibit (2008), 2012
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      Dennis Brutus (1924-2009) South African poet and imprisoned activist against apartheid (2008), 2012
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      Sonia Sanchez, poet, educator, playwright, and Cave Canem Elder (2010), 2012
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      Lucille (Sayles) Clifton as a child (circa 1940), 2012
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      Thelma Moore Sayles, Lucille's mother (1914-1959) (circa 1950), 2012
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      Clifton Home 1967-1981, 2605 Talbot Road, Baltimore, Maryland (circa 1980), 2012
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      Clifton Home 1981-1984, 2437 Pickwick Road, Dickeyville, Maryland (circa 1982), 2012
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      Audre Lorde (1934-1992) poet, writer, and feminist visionary (1978), 2012
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      Toi Derricotte, poet and co-founder of Cave Canem (2000), 2012
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      Galway Kinnell, poet and presenter at the Squaw Valley Writers' Conference (1991), 2012
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      Lucille Clifton, who received Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2004 Furious Flower Conference at JMU (2004, 2012
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      Patricia Smith, poet, activist, and Cave Canem Faculty (2004), 2012
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      Toni Morrison, Nobel Laureate novelist, educator, and former editor at Random House (1987) , 2012
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      Gwendolyn Magee, quilter and Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Visual Artist of 2003 (2004), 2012
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      Children of Philadelphia, Mississippi, heirs of the Civil Rights struggle of the 1960s (2004) , 2012
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      June Jordan (1936-2002) poet, playwright, and activist (1984), 2012
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