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Bathanti to guest edit Cold Mountain Review

Article Published: Nov. 25, 2009 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Bathanti to guest edit Cold Mountain Review

Joseph Bathanti

Joseph Bathanti has been selected to edit Cold Mountain Review, a literary journal published by Appalachian State University's Department of English.

Bathanti is a professor of creative writing and co-director of the Visiting Writers Series at Appalachian.

Bathanti will be assisted by managing editor Betty Miller Conway and assistant editors Jourdan Jenklin and Katelyn Cooley.

"It's a real honor for me to pinch hit as editor of CMR while its terrific new editor, Leigh Ann Henion, is on leave. An equal honor is to follow in the footsteps of former distinguished editors like R.T. Smith, Kathryn Kirkpatrick, John Crutchfield and Leon Lewis, not to mention the opportunity of working with Betty Conway, CMR's invaluable long-time managing editor," Bathanti said.

A native of Pittsburgh, Bathanti earned his BA and MA degrees in English literature from the University of Pittsburgh, and an MFA in creative writing from Warren Wilson College.

Bathanti is the author of four books of poetry: "Communion Partners," "Anson County," "The Feast of All Saints," and "This Metal," which was nominated for The National Book Award and won the 1997 Oscar Arnold Young Award from The North Carolina Poetry Council for best book of poems by a North Carolina writer.

"They Changed the State: The Legacy of North Carolina's Visiting Artists, 1971-1995," Bathanti's book of nonfiction, was published in 2007. His collection of short stories, "The High Heart," was published by Eastern Washington University Press in fall 2007 and won the 2007 Spokane Prize.
His new collection of poems, "Restoring Sacred Art," will be published in 2010 by Star Cloud Press.

Cold Mountain Review publishes works of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and black and white photography.

The review was founded in 1972 by poet R.T. Smith and other graduate students in the Department of English.

Published notable writers include Robert Morgan, R.T. Smith, Natasha Trethewey, Virgil Suarez and Fred Chappell. Published notable photographers include Richard Rapfogel, Caroline Bennett, Bryan Van Der Beek, and Tomas Munita.

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