Fred Joiner is a poet and curator based in Carrboro, NC. He is currently Poet Laureate of Carrboro and a 2019 Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow. His work has appeared in Callaloo, Gargoyle, and Fledgling Rag, among other publications. Fred has read his work nationally and internationally. Joiner has received awards and fellowships from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities and St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
Most recently, one of Joiner’s poems was selected by curator and critic A.M. Weaver as part of her 5 x 5 public art project, Ceremonies of Dark Men. Another one of Joiner’s poems recently won the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art’s Divine Comedy Poetry Contest, in response to Abdoulaye Konate’s textile work. Joiner is the co-founder of The Center for Poetic Thought in Washington, DC, a Board Member for The American Poetry Museum, and a member of the Artist Advisory Board for the Orange County Arts Commission.
Participation at the 2020 West End Poetry Festival
- Featured Poet | Saturday, October 17 | 4:00 – 6:00 pm | via Zoom and Facebook
For a full schedule and descriptions of all sessions, see the festival schedule.