WILLIE L. KINARD III (b. 1992) is a poet, performer & creative strategist forged of Southern thunderstorms. With words appearing or forthcoming in wildness, Crab Fat Magazine, Foundry, & elsewhere, he holds a BFA from the University of South Carolina where he studied studio art & graphic design. Born & raised in South Carolina, his work explores visual culture, ekphrasis, surrealism & mythography, escapism & hymnology. Currently an MFA student in the Creative Writing program at the University of Pittsburgh, Kinard, acting graduate student assistant for the Center of African American Poetry & Poetics (or CAAPP), has received fellowships & support from The Watering Hole & Winter Tangerine. He also serves as Co-Editor-in-Chief at Hot Metal Bridge & a producer of the podcast [in brackets].
CV available upon request.