Fred Joiner

Washington, DC

Author's Bio

Fred Joiner is a poet and curator living in Bamako, Mali. His work has appeared in Callaloo, Gargoyle, and Fledgling Rag, among other publications. Fred has read his work nationally and internationally. 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. As a curator of literary and visual arts programming, Joiner has worked with the American Poetry Museum, Belfast Exposed Gallery (Northern Ireland), Hillyer Artspace, Honfleur Gallery, Medina Galerie (Bamako, Mali), the Phillips Collection, the Prince Georges African American Museum and Cultural Center, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum and more. He is the co-founder of The Center for Poetic Thought at the Monroe Street Market in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington, D.C

Publications and Prizes

Fingernails Across the Chalkboard: Poetry and Prose on HIV/AIDS from the Black Diaspora
(Third World Press, 2007)
, Full Moon on K Street:Poems About Washington DC
(Plan B Press, 2009)
Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Callaloo, Delaware Poetry Review, Fledgling Rag, Gargoyle Magazine, PLUCK!, WarpLand
Prizes Won: 
Joiner is a two-time winner of the Larry Neal Award for Poetry (2007, 2012 ) and a 2014 Artist Fellowship Winner as awarded by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Winner of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art's Divine Comedy Poetry Contest

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
The Grey Album by Kevin Young
Exhibtiing Blackness by Bridget R. Cooks

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Last updated: Sep 13, 2016