Junious 'Jay' Ward is a poet and teaching artist from Charlotte, NC. He is a National Slam champion (2018), an Individual World Poetry Slam champion (2019), author of Sing Me A Lesser Wound (Bull City Press 2020) and Composition (Button Poetry 2023). Jay currently serves as Charlotte's inaugural Poet Laureate and is a 2023 Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow. Ward has attended Breadloaf Writers Conference, Callaloo, The Watering Hole and Tin House Winter Workshop. His work can be found in Columbia Journal, Four Way Review, DIAGRAM, Diode Poetry Journal and elsewhere.



Guest Speaker:

  • UNC Charlotte
  • Hofstra University
  • National Council for Black Studies
  • North Carolina English Teachers Association
  • Teach for America


  • Hofstra University
  • Kenyon College
  • Charlotte Main Library
  • Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts & Culture
  • One Word Poetry Festival
  • North Carolina Writers Network Fall Conference
  • Button Poetry¬†


  • 2022 Charlotte Inaugural Poet Laureate
  • 2019 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion
  • 2018 National Poetry Slam Champion
  • 2016 Write Bloody Finalist
  • 2016 Queen City Awards Poet of the Year

Booking Contact Info

Phone: 704-787-0184