Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Lecture: Joseph Bathanti
Joseph Bathanti, a creative writing professor at Appalachian, was named North Carolina’s Poet Laureate in September, 2012. He is only the seventh person to receive this distinguished honor.
A native of Pittsburgh, PA, he came to North Carolina in 1976 as a member of Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA).
Bathanti has published numerous books of poetry, two novels and a book of short stories. He has received several prestigious awards including the 2012 Ragan-Rubin Award and the 2002 Sherwood Anderson Award. He has taught writing workshops in prisons for more than 30 years and is former chair of the N.C. Writers’ Network Prison Project.
“The North Carolina Poet Laureate is one of the state’s longest running and most important ways that we celebrate and share our state literary heritage with citizens,” said Wayne Martin, executive director of the N.C. Arts Council. “Joseph’s work is accessible because he writes about topics that touch all of us: family, home and personal experiences.”