Joseph Bathanti

Joseph Bathanti is former Poet Laureate of North Carolina (2012-14) and the author of several books of poetry, including Communion Partners; Anson County; The Feast of All Saints; This Metal (nominated for the National Book Award and winner of the Oscar Arnold Young Award); Land of Amnesia; Restoring Sacred Art (winner of the 2010 Roanoke Chowan Prize, awarded annually by the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association for best book of poetry in a given year); Sonnets of the Cross; Concertina (winner of the 2014 Roanoke Chowan Prize); and  The 13th Sunday after Pentecost. His novel East Liberty won the 2001 Carolina Novel Award. His novel Coventry won the 2006 Novello Literary Award. His book of stories The High Heart won the 2006 Spokane Prize. He recently published They Changed the State: The Legacy of North Carolina’s Visiting Artists, 1971-1995, a work of nonfiction; Half of What I Say Is Meaningless, winner of the Will D. Campbell Award for Creative Nonfiction; and The Life of the World to Come. Bathanti is Professor of Creative Writing at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.

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