North Carolina Poet Laureate (2012-2014) Joseph Bathani will visit Cape Fear Community College later this week for a workshop and poetry reading.
Bathanti, who is an award-winning poet and author, will hold a poetry workshop on Thursday, Oct. 16 from 12:30 – 1:45 p.m. in room S-002 in the ground floor of the McLeod Building. He will then read from his own works at 3:00 p.m. in the Learning Resource Center on the second floor of the L Building at 415 N. 2nd St.
His books will be available for signing and purchase. The event is free and open to the public.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Bathanti has BA & MA degrees in English Literature from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as an MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College. Bathanti came to North Carolina as a VISTA Volunteer in 1976 to work with prison inmates. Professor of Creative Writing at Appalachian State University, he is also Writer-in-Residence and Director of Writing in the Field for the University’s Watauga Residential College.
Bathanti is the author of eight books of poetry: Communion Partners; Anson County; The Feast of All Saints; This Metal, nominated for The National Book Award, and winner of the 1997 Oscar Arnold Young Award from The North Carolina Poetry Council; Land of Amnesia, in 2009; Restoring Sacred Art, winner of the 2010 Roanoke Chowan Prize, awarded annually by the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association; Sonnets of the Cross; and a new volume of poems, Concertina, from Mercer University Press, winner of the 2014 Roanoke Chowan Prize. His first novel, East Liberty, winner of the Carolina Novel Award, was published in 2001 by Banks Channel Books in Wilmington, NC. His latest novel, Coventry, winner of the 2006 Novello Literary Award, was published by Novello Festival Press in Charlotte, NC. His collection of short stories, The High Heart, winner of the 2006 Spokane Prize, was published by Eastern Washington University Press in 2007. A new novel, The Life of the World to Come, is forthcoming from University of South Carolina Press. They Changed the State: The Legacy of North Carolina’s Visiting Artists, 1971-1995, his book of nonfiction, was published in early 2007. His new book of personal essays, Half of What I Say Is Meaningless, winner of the Will D. Campbell Award for Creative Nonfiction, has recently appeared from Mercer University Press in 2014.
He is recipient of Literature Fellowships from the NC Arts Council in 1994 (poetry) and 2009 (fiction); The Samuel Talmadge Ragan Award, presented annually for outstanding contributions to the Fine Arts of North Carolina over an extended period; a Fellowship from The Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry; the Bruno Arcudi Literature Prize; the Ernest A Lynton Faculty Award for Professional Service and Academic Outreach; the Aniello Lauri Award for Creative Writing (2001 and 2007); the Linda Flowers Prize; the Sherwood Anderson Award; the Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Prize; the Donald Murray Prize; the 2012 Ragan-Rubin Award for Literary Achievement; the 2012 Will D. Campbell Award for Creative Nonfiction, the 2013 Mary Frances Hobson Prize; the 2014 The Irene Blair Honeycutt Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Literary Arts; the 2014 Rita Dove Poetry Award, presented annually by The Center for Women Writers at Salem College; and others.
Named the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for the Western Region for the North Carolina Poetry Society for 2011-12, Bathanti also teaches in Carlow University’s MFA Program in Creative Writing. He is the inaugural Senator John Heinz History Center Italian American Collection Scholar-in-Residence.