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Posted on 03/14/13

Poet Laureate of NC Coming to RCC

On March 21, Poet Laureate of North Carolina, Joseph Bathanti, will be at Rockingham Community College.  At 7 p.m. in the college’s Whitcomb Student Center, Bathanti will read selections from his outstanding volume of work.  The program is free and open to the public.  Copies of his books will be for sale.

A prolific writer, Bathanti is the author of seven published books of poetry, two novels, a book of nonfiction, a collection of Bathantishort stories and a collection of personal essays.  His various works have been received   or been nominated for various awards including The National Book Award, Novello Literary Award, and Award for Creative Nonfiction.

For his entire body of work, Bethanti has been awarded the Samuel Talmadge Ragan  Award for outstanding contributions to the Fine Arts of North Carolina over an extended period, Ernest A. Lynton Faculty Award for Professional Service and Academic Outreach, Ragan-Rubin Award for Literary Achievement, Aniello Lauri Award for Creative Writing,    and more.

Bathanti received Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in English Literature from   the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College.  A Pennsylvania native, he first came to North Carolina in 1976 as a   VISTA volunteer where he worked with prison inmates.

Today Bathanti is Professor of Creative Writing at Appalachian State University in Boone where he is also Writer-in-Residence for the university’s Watauga Global Community and Director of Writing in the Field.

For more information, call 342-4261.

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