The Furious Flower Conference of 1994 represented the largest gathering of African American writers at one event in nearly 30 years. In that crucial span of time, African American poetry had evolved into an art less overtly political and more introspective; it had also shown dramatic growth - both in the number of its readers and its practitioners. As a second Furious Flower Conference prepares to convene, Joanne Gabbin has assembled a remarkable selection of works by the Furious Flower participants. The 43 poets cover three generations, ranging from such established voices as Michael Harper, Nikki Giovanni, and the late Gwendolyn Brooks, in whose honor the conference was organized, to a host of rising young writers who are reimagining America in the language of a hip-hop nation. Furious Flower provides a collective portrait of African-American poetry at the close of the t20th century - as well as an indication of where it may be headed as we enter the 21st. The book includes biographies of the contributors and a collection of performance photographs by C.B. Claiborne featuring many of the Furious Flower participants as they appeared at the original 1994 conference.