Bathanti selected as N.C. Humanities Council trustee

Article Published: Nov. 17, 2011 | Modified: Nov. 17, 2011

The N.C. Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has selected Joseph Bathani to serve a three-year term as a council trustee.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pa., Bathanti holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in English literature from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as an M.F.A. in creative writing from Warren Wilson College. He came to North Carolina in 1976 as a VISTA volunteer to work with prison inmates.

The recipient of numerous teaching awards, he currently is a professor of creative writing at Appalachian State University, where he is also co-director of the Visiting Writers Series, director of the new Writing in the Field program at Appalachian and Watauga Global Community writer-in-residence. Bathanti is the author of six 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, “Land of Amnesia” and “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.

The North Carolina Humanities Council is a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The humanities council serves as an advocate for lifelong learning and thoughtful dialogue about all facets of human life.

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