Bathanti to read poetry at fundraiser Thursday
Joseph Bathanti, professor of creative writing and co-director of the Visiting Writers Series at Appalachian State University, will present his poetry at a special fundraiser for the Juanita Tobin Memorial Poetry Fund on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m. at Galileo's in Boone.
Funds raised will help support the Juanita Tobin Memorial Reading in Appalachian State's Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series.
A light supper will be served. A minimum contribution is expected of $10 for adults and $5 for students.
Bathanti is the author of five books of poetry, "Communion Partners," "Anson County," "The Feast of All Saints," "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, and a new collection, "Land of Amnesia," published in 2009 by Press 53 in Winston-Salem.
His new collection of poems, "Restoring Sacred Art," is forthcoming from Star Cloud Press in 2010.
He is the recipient of literature fellowships from the North Carolina Arts Council in 1994 (for poetry) and 2009 (for fiction); the Samuel Talmadge Ragan Award, presented annually for outstanding contributions to the fine arts of North Carolina over an extended period; a fellowship from the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry; the Bruno Arcudi Literature Prize; the Ernest A Lynton Faculty Award for Professional Service and Academic Outreach; the Aniello Lauri Award for Creative Writing (in 2001 and 2007); the Linda Flowers Prize; the Sherwood Anderson Award; the 2007 Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Prize; and others.
For more information, call Grace Wakeman at (828) 264-9076 or Alice Naylor at (828) 297-4684.