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N.C. Poet Laureate A-B Tech visit rescheduled for March 3
February 17, 2014
The North Carolina Poet Laureate visit to A-B Tech Community College has been rescheduled for March 3. Award winning poet, professor and advocate for literacy, Joseph Bathanti of Vilas was appointed to a two-year term in 2012 by then Governor Bev Perdue.
Bathanti will visit with a Creative Writing class on campus during the day and at 7 p.m. Monday, March 3, he will have a presentation, reading and signing in Ferguson Auditorium, which is free and open to the public.
North Carolina’s seventh poet laureate, Bathanti serves as the ambassador of North Carolina literature, past and present. He is a professor of creative writing at Appalachian State University where he is also Director of Writing in the Field and Writer-in-Residence in the University’s Watauga Global Community. He has taught writing workshops in prisons for more than three decades and is former chair of the N.C. Writers’ Network Prison project.
“I can’t imagine a better place in the United States to be a writer than North Carolina,” Bathanti says. “There is no place richer in literature and no place that has celebrated writers in quite the same way as our state does.”
Bathanti’s books of poetry include This Metal (St. Andrews College Press, 1996 and Press 53, 2012),Restoring Sacred Art (Star Cloud Press, 2010), Land of Amnesia (Press 53, 2009), Anson County (Williams & Simpson, 1989 and Parkway Publishers, 2005), The Feast of All Saints (Nightshade press, 1994) and Communion Partners (Briarpatch Press, 1986). He has published two novels, Coventry (Novello Festival Press, 2006) and East Liberty (Banks Channel Books, 2001) along with a book of short stories, The High Heart (Eastern Washington University Press, 2007).