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Joseph Bathanti is the Poet Laureate of North Carolina. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, he has BA & MA degrees in English Literature from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as an MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC where he is also the Writer-in-Residence for the University’s Watauga Global Community and Director of Writing in the Field. Bathanti is the author of eight books of poetry: Communion Partners; Anson County; The Feast of All Saints; This Metal, nominated for The National Book Award, and winner of the 1997 Oscar Arnold Young Award from The North Carolina Poetry Council for best book of poems by a North Carolina writer; Land of Amnesia, in 2009; and, Restoring Sacred Art, winner of the 2010 Roanoke Chowan Prize, awarded annually by the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association for best book of poetry in a given year; Sonnets of the Cross; and Concertina. His latest novel, Coventry, won the 2006 Novello Literary Award. They Changed the State: The Legacy of North Carolina’s Visiting Artists, 1971-1995, his book of nonfiction, was published in early 2007. His collection of short stories, The High Heart, was winner of the 2006 Spokane Prize. His new book of personal essays, Half of What I Say Is Meaningless, winner of the Will D. Campbell Award for Creative Nonfiction, is forthcoming from Mercer University Press in 2014. A new novel, The Life of the World to Come, is forthcoming from University of South Carolina Press also in 2014.
Betty Adcock is author of six collections from LSU Press, most recently Intervale: New and Selected Poems and Slantwise. She has been Writer in Residence at a number of universities and held that post for many years at Meredith College. Over the last 10 years she has been a member of the faculty of the low-residency Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.
Adcock’s work has been awarded the North Carolina Award for Literature, the Texas Institute of Letters Prize, The Poets’ Prize, and other honors including North Carolina’s Roanoke-Chowan and Campbell-Brockman Awards, and the Sam Ragan Fine Arts Award. Her poems have appeared in more than 35 anthologies, including three Pushcart Prize Anthologies. She has held fellowships in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of North Carolina, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Poems and an essay appear in the anthology Ragpicker’s Guide to Poetry: Poems, Poets, Process (University of Michigan Press, 2013.)