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.

Fred Joiner

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

  1. 2022 Poetry Readings
  2. 2021 Poetry Readings
  • April 5, 2022 Carrboro Poet Laureate Fred Joiner read "Like You" by Roque Dalton
  • March 15, 2022 - Carrboro Poet Laureate Fred Joiner read "How Many Silent Centuries Sleep in my Sultry Veins" by Margaret Walker
  • March 8, 2022 - Carrboro Poet Laureate Fred Joiner read “Ego Trippin’” by Nikki Giovanni
  • March 1, 2022 - Carrboro Poet Laureate Fred Joiner read “Deaf Republic” by Ilya Kaminsky
  • Feb 22, 2022 - Carrboro Poet Laureate Fred Joiner read "A Visit to my Mother’s Grave” by George Moses Horton
  • Feb. 8, 2022 - Carrboro Poet Laureate Fred Joiner read "The Empty of the Bottlenecks" by Ed Roberson
  • Feb. 1, 2022 - Carrboro Poet Laureate Fred Joiner read "What Color?" by Nicholas Guillen 
  • Jan. 18, 2022 - Carrboro Poet Laureate Fred Joiner read "birth-day" by Lucille Clifton
  • Jan. 4. 2022 - Carrboro Poet Laureate Fred Joiner read “When Dividing the Unbelievable by the Undeniable” by Leslie McGrath