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North Carolina names new poet laureate

Posted August 30, 2012
Updated September 20, 2012

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— North Carolina has a new poet laureate.

Joseph Bathanti, an award-winning poet, professor and literacy advocate from Vilas, was given the honor Thursday by Gov. Bev Perdue. He is the state’s seventh poet laureate.

“Joseph Bathanti brings a deep appreciation of our state’s diverse communities, geographies and traditions to his new role as an ambassador of North Carolina literature,” said Department of Cultural Resources Secretary Linda Carlisle. “His appointment as poet laureate is a wonderful new chapter in North Carolina’s rich literary history.”

Bathanti will be installed in a celebration Sept. 20 at the State Capitol. succeeds Cathy Smith Bowers, the state's poet laureate from 2010 to June 30, 2012.

He is a creative writing professor at Appalachian State University, has written numerous poetry collections, taught writing workshops in prisons for more than three decades and is former chair of the N.C. Writers’ Network Prison project.

“I can’t imagine a better place in the United States to be a writer than North Carolina,” Bathanti said. “There is no place richer in literature and no place that has celebrated writers in quite the same way as our state does.”
 

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  • Obamacare returns yet again Aug 31, 2012

    Ellen, please don't get your panties in a bunch over this. Thanks.

  • Billfisher Aug 31, 2012

    For all of those who say that poetry doesn't matter, I would say that you don't matter to poetry. And if you are offended by that, let me offend you even further. You don't matter to music, you don't matter to film, you don't matter to books, you don't matter to a look, to a touch, or a kiss. You don't have to waste your time on poetry, and it won't waste its time on you.
    Ellen Jay

    hahahahaha WHAT?! You can't be serious. Believe me, you didn't offend me in the slightest. I don't matter to books?! What are you even talking about? I'll bet you got picked on a lot growing up...

  • Frank Downtown Aug 30, 2012

    Billfisher- Its not much pay as they get only a stipend of a few thousand dollars.

  • Aug 30, 2012

    For all of those who say that poetry doesn't matter,
    I would say that you don't matter to poetry.
    And if you are offended by that,
    let me offend you even further.
    You don't matter to music,
    you don't matter to film,
    you don't matter to books, you don't matter to a look, to a touch, or a kiss. You don't have to waste your time on poetry, and it won't waste its time on you.

    Joseph Bathanti was one of my favorite professors. Show some respect for someone who has accomplished something great in his life.

  • Gnathostomata Aug 30, 2012

    Other than the "honor" of being poet laureate, what other benefits are there?

  • Obamacare returns yet again Aug 30, 2012

    It's important Billfisher. We need our literature and fairy tales.

  • Billfisher Aug 30, 2012

    Of all the positions we lost during the budget cuts and this position remains? Seriously...

  • Obamacare returns yet again Aug 30, 2012

    Let me be the first to say......who cares.

  • nonPC Aug 30, 2012

    Nice!

  • Roland K. Aug 30, 2012

    congratulations, Joe. Never read your poems, but now I will. Quite an honor I bet!