Fred Joiner


Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Author's Bio

Fred Joiner is a poet and curator living in Carrboro, NC. He currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Carrboro, NC. His work has appeared in Callaloo, Gargoyle, and Fledgling Rag, among other publications. Fred has read his work nationally and internationally. Fred is a two-time winner of the Larry Neal Award for Poetry and a 2014 Artist Fellowship Winner as awarded by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. One of Fred's poems won the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art’s Divine Comedy Poetry Contest, in response to Malian artist Abdoulaye Konate’s textile work.

As a curator of literary and visual arts programming, Fred has worked, nationally and internationally, with many galleries and museums including the American Poetry Museum, Belfast Exposed Gallery (Northern Ireland), Medina Galerie (Bamako, Mali), the Phillips Collection, and others. He is the co-founder of The Center for Poetic Thought in Washington, DC and he serves on several boards including The American Poetry Museum, Arch Development Corporation, Orange County Arts Commission and the Carrboro Poet's Council.

Publications & Prizes

Full Moon on K Street:Poems About Washington DC (Plan B Press, 2009)
Fingernails Across the Chalkboard: Poetry and Prose on HIV/AIDS from the Black Diaspora (Third World Press, 2007)
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Delaware Poetry Review
Fledgling Rag
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Prizes won: 

Poet Laureate of Carrboro, NC 2019-2021
Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship
Larry Neal Award for Poetry (2007, 2012 ) D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
2014 Artist Fellowship 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 update: May 01, 2019