The Leidig Lectureship Features Bathanti
Board of Visitors Lounge - Van Dyke Hall
Joseph Bathanti, former North Carolina Poet Laureate and an ambassador for North Carolina literature, will be the featured poet for the annual Leidig Lectureship at Emory & Henry College.
Bathanti will read and discuss his work on Tuesday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Van Dyke Center’s Board of Visitors Lounge.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Bathanti moved to North Carolina in 1976 after joining Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA). He fell in love with the state and has continued to live and work there.
I started writing habitually—sitting down every day and actually writing poems. I made the decision that if you wait for inspiration, nothing will occur. Do you ever get inspired to develop a workout program, or a diet? No, you’re not inspired; you do it.”Joseph Bathanti
Using his own life experiences for inspiration, Bathanti has written on topics related to family dynamics, race relations and religion. Communion Partners (1986), his first collection of poetry, addresses growing up in a religious family.
Bathanti has traveled all over North Carolina promoting writing, literature, and literacy in a variety of settings including public schools, libraries, nursing homes, daycare centers and homeless shelters. He has also served as chair of the North Carolina Writers’ Network Prison project and, for 35 years, taught writing workshops in prisons.
He is a professor of creative writing and writer-in-residence for Appalachian State University’s Watauga Global Community in Boone, North Carolina.