IN-PERSON: Joseph Bathanti presents LIGHT AT THE SEAM

 

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 - Signing Line at 5:30 pm, Talk begins at 6:00 pm

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Light at the Seam, a new collection from North Carolina poet Joseph Bathanti, is an exploration of mountaintop removal in southern Appalachian coal country. The volume illuminates and champions often invisible people residing, in a precarious moment in time, on the glorious, yet besieged, Appalachian earth. Their call to defend it, as well as their faith that the land will exact its own reckoning, constitutes a sacred as well as existential quest. Rooted in social and restorative justice, Light at the Seam contemplates the earth as fundamentally sacramental, a crucible of awe and mystery, able to regenerate itself and its people even as it succumbs to them. More than mere cautionary tale, this is a volume of hope and wonder.


Joseph Bathanti, former Poet Laureate of North Carolina (2012-14) and recipient of the North Carolina Award in Literature, is the author of nineteen books, most recently, a volume of poems, Light at the Seam, from LSU Press in 2022. Bathanti is McFarlane Family Distinguished Professor of Interdisciplinary Education at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. He served as the 2016 Charles George VA Medical Center Writer-in-Residence in Asheville, NC, and is the co-founder of the Medical Center’s Creative Writing Program. The Act of Contrition & Other Stories, winner of the EastOver Prize for Fiction, is forthcoming from EastOver Press in fall of 2022.

Event date: 
Tuesday, May 10, 2022 - 5:30pm
Event address: 
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Light at the Seam: Poems Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780807176924
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: LSU Press - March 2nd, 2022

Crossing the Rift: North Carolina Poets on 9/11 and Its Aftermath Cover Image
By Joseph Bathanti (Editor), David Potorti (Editor)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781950413379
Availability: Usually Available in 1-5 Days, supply chain issues may affect these times
Published: Press 53 - September 11th, 2021