Poetry Readings During Town Council Meetings

The Town of Carrboro established the position of Poet Laureate in 2002. The poet laureate coordinates the opening of every Carrboro Town Council meeting with the reading of a poem.

Poetry enhances and enriches the lives of all Americans and as an essential part of the arts and humanities, affects every aspect of life in America today, including education, the economy, and community pride and development. Poetry has produced some of the nation's leading creative artists and has inspired other artists in fields such as music, theatre, film, dance, and the visual arts.

2021 Poetry Readings 
  • Jan. 12, 2021 - Carrboro Poet Laureate Fred Joiner read "Sharing a Bag” by Ross Gay. 
  • Jan. 19, 2021 - Carrboro Poet Laureate Fred Joiner read “Un-American” by Hafizah Geter.
  • Jan. 26, 2021 - Carrboro Poet Laureate Fred Joiner read "Brown" by Kevin Young. 
  • Feb. 2, 2021 - Carrboro Poet Laureate Fred Joiner read "In the Tridition" by Amiri Baraka. 
  • Feb. 9, 2021 - Guest oet Diana Robertson read “Mr. Roosevelt Regrets (Detroit Riots, 1943)” by Pauli Murray. Guest poet Kendall Lytle read “I Too” by Langston Hughes.
  • Feb. 16, 2021 - Guest poet Deon Temne read “A Small and Equal Fact” by Ross Gay. Guest poet Soteria Shepperson read a poem of her own titled “My Town."
  • Feb. 23, 2021 - Guest poet LaToya Hankins read a poem of her own called “Finding the Finer.”
  • March 2, 2021 - Carrboro Poet Laureate Fred Joiner read "Phillis Wheatley is Baptized at Old Church" by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers. 
  • March 9, 2021 - Carrboro Poet Laureate Fred Joiner read “Family Portrait" by Torrin a.Greathouse.
  • March 16, 2021 - Carrboro Poet Laureate Fred Joiner read "Layered" by Lucille Clifton. 
  • April 6, 2021 -  Guest poet Jay Bryan read a poem of his own called “Standing in the Shallows.”
  • April 13, 2021 - Guest poet Abigail Browning read a community poet written during the 2020 WestEnd Poetry Festival titled “Home Song.”
  • April 20, 2021 - Guest poet Paul Jones read a poem of his own titled “Ode to a Certain Feeling of Optimism.”
  • April 27, 2021 - Guest poet Susan Spalt read a poem of her own titled “One Morning in October.” Carrboro Poet Laureate Fred Joiner read "Birth-Day" by Lucille Clifton.
  • May 4, 2021 - Carrboro Poet Laureate Fred Joiner read "My Grandfather" by MOSAB ABU TOHA.
  • May 11, 2021 - Carrboro Poet Laureate Fred Joiner read "Gender Reveal" by Amanda Johnston. 
  • May 18, 2021 - Carrboro Poet Laureate Fred Joiner read “Mimesis" by Fady Joudah.
  • May 25, 2021 - Carrboro Poet Laureate Fred Joiner read "God's Work" by Tyree Day Cardinal. 
  • June 1, 2021 - Carrboro Poet Laureate Fred Joiner read "The Slice of Life" by Taylor Johnson. 
  • June 8, 2021 - Carrboro Poet Laureate Fred Joiner read “Black Girl, Call Home” by Jasmine Mans.
  • June 22, 2021 - Carrboro Poet Laureate Fred Joiner read “Born Black” by Venus Thrash.
  • Sept. 14, 2021 - Carrboro Poet Laureate Fred Joiner read “Lineage” by Margaret Walker.
  • Sept. 21, 2021 - Carrboro Poet Laureate Fred Joiner read "Here Where Coltrane Is" by Michael S. Harper.
  • Sept. 28, 2021 - Guest poet Naomi Sky Joiner read "Why Some People Be Mad At Me Sometimes" by Lucille Clifton.
  • Oct. 5, 2021 - Carrboro Poet Laureate Fred Joiner read "Flight" by Shawn Ballard.
  • Oct. 12, 2021 - Carrboro Poet Laureate Fred Joiner read “Walking” from “The Illuminated Space: A Personal Theory & Contemplative Practice of Media Art” by Marilyn Freeman.
Fred Joiner

Learn more about Carrboro Poet Laureate Fred Joiner at https://artsorange.org/human-way-joiner/