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Poet Laureate to read at SAU Writers’ Forum

Laurinburg, N.C. – North Carolina Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti will read at the St. Andrews University Writers’ Forum Thursday evening.

The Forum, which is free and open to the public, begins at 8 p.m. in Pate Main Lounge.

“Joseph Bathanti is an award-winning poet and novelist with a robust commitment to social causes,” said former Gov. Bev Perdue in naming Bathanti the seventh poet laureate. “He first came to North Carolina to work in the VISTA program and has taught writing workshops in prisons for 35 years. As North Carolina’s new Poet Laureate he plans to work with veterans to share their stories through poetry – a valuable and generous project.”

A former St. Andrews professor, Bathanti is currently a professor of creative writing at Appalachian State University, where he is also director of writing in the field and writer-in-residence in the University’s Watauga Global Community. He has taught writing workshops in prisons for more than three decades and is former chair of the N.C. Writers’ Network Prison project.

Bathanti, who received the Sam Ragan Fine Arts Award from St. Andrews in 1995, is a two-time recipient of Literature Fellowships from the N.C. Arts council and received the 2012 Ragan-Rubin Award from the N.C. English Teachers Association. He won the 2002 Linda Flowers Prize from the North Carolina Humanities Council, the 2006 Novello Literary Award the 2006 Spokane Prize for Short Fiction among many other recognitions.

His poetry books include This Metal, Restoring Sacred Art, Land of Amnesia, Anson County, The Feast of All Saints and Communion Partners. He has published two novels, Coventry and East Liberty, along with a book of short stories, The High Heart, which was used in the St. Andrews University One Book, One Community program.

For more information about the Writers' Forum, creative writing or the St. Andrews Press, call 910-277-5310 or email press@sapc.edu.

About St. Andrews University

St. Andrews is a student and teaching-focused University which offers a broad range of undergraduate majors in a curriculum that is global in scope and practical in its application. St. Andrews has added a first graduate level program with a Masters in Business Administration. The quality of the St. Andrews educational experience has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and GI Jobs among others. In addition to its academic programs, the University has an acclaimed university press, men’s and women’s athletic teams, a nationally competitive equestrian program, and an award-winning pipe band. St. Andrews is a branch of Webber International University, Florida. Further information may be obtained by visiting the University’s website www.sapc.edu, calling 800-763-0198, or sending an e-mail to info@sapc.edu.

 

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