North Carolina’s Poet Laureate will visit A-B Tech Community CollegeMarch 3 with a public reading on the Asheville campus. 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 Creative Writing classes on campus during both days and at 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 12, 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.