Joseph Bathanti

Joseph Bathanti is North Carolina’s poet laureate and a professor of creative writing at Appalachian State University.


The Mythic School of the Mountain: Black Mountain College

Brilliant artists, poets, and intellectuals established Black Mountain College’s reputation as a bastion of innovative thinkers. The college’s brief, obscure existence — and its avant-garde “Happening” — sealed its legend.

November 2013

They Are Everywhere

North Carolina has one of the largest populations of veterans in America. Here, combat veterans are chronicling their experiences to create what may be a new genre of 21st-century literature. Our poet laureate shares how he teaches veterans to tell their stories, and what he is learning about combat in the process.

October 2013

Mountain Glory

Former North Carolina Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti reflects on his Watauga County home.