Janet Joyner

We are happy to announce that Janet Joyner will join the Writers Panel during the Second Spring Arts Festival.

Joyner was a Professor of French Language and Literature at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts until her retirement in 1994, Joyner is the winner of the Poetry Society of South Carolina’s 2010 Dubose and Dorothy Heyward Poetry Prize. Her poems have won distinctions in Bay Leaves of the North Carolina Poetry Council, and Flying South ’14, and her “Cicadas Thrumming” was anthologized in The Southern Poetry Anthology: volume vii: North Carolina (2015). Her short stories have appeared in The Crescent Review and Flying South. She is the translator of Le Dieu désarmé, by Luc-François Dumas.

Her first collection of poetry, Waterborne,  speak authentically of life in a time and a place.

“ Joyner’s varied poems include lyrical descriptions of the natural world and draw deft portraits of people and the complicated connections between us. Waterborne is threaded with vivid images and insights. Sometimes they are splendid, such as fallen leaves in such a mass/it seemed the sky had turned sea/and spilled the sun at our feet; sometimes wry, as when the wife of God, begins by saying, ‘I could have told you it would end/this way,’ and ends by suggesting that God Give the grasses another chance; and sometimes tragic, as in her extraordinary poem, ‘What the Egg Knows,’ showing us the kid hung on a fence/post to watch dawn die over Laramie, how he is no different from you or me, like any creature swimming or striding/in search of his bliss.”
—Ellen Bass, author of Like a Beggar; The Human Line, and Mules of Love