Past Poets Laureate
Fred Joiner (2019-2022)
Fred Joiner is a poet and curator based in Chapel Hill, NC. He is 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.
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 in Washington, DC, he is a Board Member for The American Poetry Museum, a member of the Artist Advisory Board for the Orange County Arts Commission and a member of the Carrboro Poet’s Council.
Jay Bryan (2010-2013)
Jay Bryan lives in Orange County, North Carolina, with his wife, horses, guineas, dogs, a cat, and a cockatiel. He served as poet laureate of Carrboro from 2010 to 2013. With the Carrboro Arts Committee, he helped to establish the Carrboro Poets Council, on which he currently serves. For 15 years he coordinated poetry readings on Carrboro Day for the town’s celebration of its residents and their gifts. He compiled and edited the Carrboro 100th Birthday Poetry Anthology (2011). His chapbook Selected Poems was published in June 2013 by Finishing Line Press. Other poems have been published in Blink, they wrote us a poem VII and VIII (Health Arts Network at Duke), Ecozoic Reader, Legal Studies Forum, Haibun Today, Cowboy Poetry, and Stone House, an anthology of haiku from Bolin Brook Farm.