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Joseph Bathanti Receives North Carolina Award

Former North Carolina poet laureate Joseph Bathanti has received the North Carolina Award for Literature, the highest civilian honor in the state. A longtime friend of the North Carolina Writers’ Network and a familiar face at Network events (he was most recently the featured guest at Saturday’s Fall Conference luncheon, in 2014), Bathanti is the […]

Bathanti named the Charles George VA Medical Center Writer-in-Residence

Posted courtesy of Appalachian State University: BOONE—Joseph Bathanti has been named the Charles George VA Medical Center (VAMC) Writer-in-Residence in an innovative program in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) in Asheville. The program is funded by a North Carolina Arts Council and North Carolina Humanities Council grant. Bathanti is a professor of creative writing at […]

Poet Laureate Ceremony

The North Carolina Arts Council shared this excellent photo with us, so we wanted to share it with you. This, of course, is North Carolina’s current poet laureate, Shelby Stephenson, sharing a laugh with North Carolina’s most recent poet laureate, Joseph Bathanti. Shelby was installed last night in a ceremony at the state capitol.

NC Poet Laureate Induction Ceremony

Benson poet Shelby Stephenson will be installed as North Carolina’s eighth poet laureate on: Tuesday, February 3, Monday, February 2, 5:30 pm North Carolina State Capitol House of Representatives Chamber One Edenton Street Raleigh, NC 27601 (Please enter the East Door and the security check to the House Chamber) Reception to follow in the Rotunda. […]

Last Call for Nominations for North Carolina’s Poet Laureate

From the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources: Nominations for the North Carolina poet laureate, the ambassador of North Carolina literature, will close soon on October 14. Nominations can be made online at Governor Pat McCrory will announce his selection in early December. The post, created by the General Assembly in 1935, uses the […]

So What Does a Poet Laureate, You Know, Actually Do?

Forty-four states and the District of Columbia have an official poet laureate; the national Poet Laureate position, established in 1937, carries with it a $35,000 annual stipend. But what does a poet laureate actually do? The Indy Week examined this question in the aftermath of Governor Pat McCrory’s unilateral selection of Valerie Macon as North […]

Valerie Macon is North Carolina’s New Poet Laureate

By Ed Southern, Executive Director, North Carolina Writers’ Network The North Carolina Writers’ Network stands for writing as “everybody’s art.” In our mission statement, we affirm that “writing is necessary both for self-expression and a healthy community, that well-written words can connect people across time and distance, and that the deeply satisfying experiences of writing […]

Bathanti: A Documentary

Some of you may have already had the chance to see the documentary Bathanti, in which Pittsburgh native and Poet Laureate of North Carolina Joseph Bathanti travels with filmmaker Kevin Balling to the places that inform Bathanti’s poetry, novels, short stories, and essays. Bathanti, of course, is the current North Carolina Poet Laureate and a […]

Announcing the 2014 SIBA Book Award Finalists

The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance has announced the finalists for the 2014 SIBA Book Award, and there are several Tar Heel writers and one North Carolina small press among the distinguished list of names. The SIBA Book Award recognizes great southern literature from the last year. These titles represent “booksellers’ favorite hand-sells of the year […]

A Poem to Honor Our Veterans, by Joseph Bathanti

Yesterday was the legal public holiday of Veterans Day, and most federal employees will have today off to honor America’s military veterans, an “unbroken chain of men and women who have served our country with honor and distinction.” When Joseph Bathanti was named North Carolina’s Poet Laureate in  August of this year, he announced plans to […]