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NC Poet Laureate to speak at BCC

Source Date: February 11, 2013

North Carolina's Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti will be the guest speaker in a program at Bladen Community College on Monday, February 11, at 11 a.m. in the Library.

Bathanti; a native of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, who came to North Carolina as a VISTA volunteer in 1976; is author of six books of poetry, two novels, a book of short stories and a nonfiction book. His books of poetry include: Communion Partners; Anson County; The Feast of All Saints; This Metal, which was nominated for The National Book Award and winner of the 1997 Oscar Arnold Young Award from The North Carolina Poetry Council for best book of poems by a North Carolina writer; Land of Amnesia and Restoring Sacred Heart, winner of the 2010 Roanoke Chowan Prize, awarded annually by the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association for best book of poetry in a given year. His novels include, East Liberty, winner of the Carolina Novel Award, and Coventry, winner of the 2006 Novello Literary Award. His work of nonfiction, The Legacy of North Carolina's Visiting Artists, 1971-1995, was published in 2007. His book of short stories, The High Heart, was also published in 2007.

In addition, he has books of poetry and creative nonfiction slated for publication by Mercer University Press, as well a volume of poetry from Jacar Press.

Bathanti's poetry and other works have appeared in numerous publications around the nation and he has earned numerous awards for his works over the years.

He graduated Cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature in 1975 and earned a Master of Arts in English Literature the following year, also from the University of Pittsburgh. He earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College in 1991.

He is Professor of Creative Writing at Appalachian State University where he is also the Writer-in-Residence for the University's Watauga Global Community and Director of Writing in the Field. In addition to his current position at Appalachian, which he has held since 2001, Bathanti has worked in academic positions at Mitchell Community College, McDowell Technical Community College, Saint Andrews Presbyterian College and Central Piedmont Community College. He has also worked as a visiting professor and instructor at several other North Carolina colleges.

He was named North Carolina Poet Laureate by Governor Beverly Purdue in October 2012. The program is being presented by the Bladen Community College Humanities Department's Writers Series, which brings guest authors to the campus throughout the year. It is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and by Bladen Community College.