West End Poetry Festival Reading

Fri 10/20, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
West End Poetry Festival Reading

The opening celebration will include a reception with hors d’oeuvres and wine, readings, and time for book signing and socializing. Five poets will read from their own work. For more information, go to the West End Poetry Festival website at http://www.westendpoetryfestival.org 

Fred Joiner is a poet and curator. 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. He is the co-founder of The Center for Poetic Thought at the Monroe Street Market in Brookland, and he is a board member for The American Poetry Museum.


Originally from Arkansas, Celisa Steele now lives in Carrboro, North Carolina, where she served as the town’s poet laureate from 2013 to 2016. Her poetry has appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Anglican Theological Review, Tar River Poetry, The Comstock Review, The South Carolina Review, Broad River Review, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Inch, and other publications.





Bradley R. Strahan taught poetry at Georgetown University for twelve years.  From 2002 to 2004 he was Fulbright Professor of Poetry & American Culture in the Balkans. For over 38 years he has been editor/publisher of Visions-International. He has six books of poetry and over 600 poems published in America, Seattle Review, Passages North, Confrontation, Christian Century, Main Street Rag, The Hollins Critic, Poet Lore, etc., etc., and many anthologies.



Jennifer Whitaker is the author of The Blue Hour, winner of the Brittingham Prize and published from the University of Wisconsin Press in 2016. Her poems have appeared in journals including Radar Poetry, New England Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, and Four Way Review. Originally from Midlothian, Virginia, Jennifer earned her MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.



Mariam Zafar is a recent graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at The New School in NYC. A marketer by day and a poet by night, she currently works and writes between Chapel Hill, Miami, and Dubai, but remains a desert dweller at heart. She is the 2015 winner of the Paul Violi Prize in Poetry, and her work has appeared in H.O.W Journal, The Seventh Wave, Rivet, and Bird’s Thumb, among others.




Event date: 
Friday, October 20, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514