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Bathanti to read from his fiction at Wake Forest

March 3, 2008

Acclaimed North Carolina writer Joseph Bathanti, a professor of creative writing at Appalachian State University, will read from his works of fiction at 7:30 p.m. March 19 in Tribble Hall’s DeTamble Auditorium at Wake Forest University.

The reading is free and open to the public and a reception will follow.

Bathanti grew up in Pittsburgh, Pa., and came to North Carolina in 1976 as a VISTA volunteer in the state prison system.  His experience relocating from an urban, northern city to become a resident of the rural South and his work with prisoners have influenced much of his writing.

He has published four books of poetry, including “This Metal,” which won the 1997 Oscar Arnold Young Award given annually by the Poetry Council of North Carolina; two novels, “East Liberty,” which won the 2001 Carolina Novel Award, and “Coventry,” for which he received the 2006 Novello Literary Award; a nonfiction history of visiting artists to North Carolina; and a variety of short fiction.  Bathanti’s first collection of short stories, “The High Heart,” won the 2006 Spokane Prize for Short Fiction.

Bathanti travels the state frequently, offering readings and workshops for the NorthCarolina Humanities Council, which awarded him the 2002 Linda Flowers Literary Award for his collection of poems called “Land of Amnesia.”

He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Fine Arts degree in writing from Warren Wilson College.

The event is part of the spring 2008 Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series, sponsored by the English department.  For more information, call (336) 758-5383.

Press Contacts:

Eric Frazier
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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