Spring 2023


Celebrating artistic excellence in the African Diaspora online and beyond!

Join us for Revel—Celebrating the Furious Flower Poetry Prize!

  • FEB 23 @ 6PM CT – A reading and conversation 
    FEATURING Aurielle Marie & Jennifer Bartell
    Moderated by L. Renée 

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    February 23, 2023

    Obsidian Voices December 3, 2021


    About the Artists

    Sheree L. Greer

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    Aurielle Marie is a Black, Atlanta-born, Queer poet, essayist, and social strategist. She was selected by Fatimah Asghar as the 2019 winner of the Ploughshares Emerging Writer Award, the 2019 winner of the Los Angeles Review Poetry Award, and the 2019 Lambda Literary Emerging Writer’s Retreat Writer in Residence. Aurielle is the winner of the 2020 Cave Canem poetry prize

    Michal MJ Jones

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    Jennifer Bartell received her MFA in Poetry from the University of South Carolina. She was appoined Poet Laurete of the City of Columbia, and her debut book of poetry, Traveling Mercy, will be released in November 2023 (Finishing Line Press). 

    Duriel E. Harris, Editor, Obsidian

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    L. Renée is a poet and nonfiction writer. Her work has been nominated for Best New Poets, Best of the Net, and a Pushcart Prize. She is the recipient of the international 2022 Rattle Poetry Prize, Indiana University Guy Lemmon Award in Public Writing, Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing Alumni Award, Appalachian Review’s Denny C. Plattner Award, 2021 Rattle Poetry Prize finalist, and second place for PLUCK! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture and New Limestone Review’s Crystal Wilkinson Creative Writing Prize. She is Assistant Director of Furious Flower Poetry Center and Assistant Professor of English at James Madison University.

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    Issue 48.2: non-

    NON- Michal MJ Jones(prefix): expressing negation or absence; non-birth, non-gestational, non-biological. my death will leave no more evidence than my birth & my only origin story is absence. i fell from the sky’s nothing into an empty pool / hollow...

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