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Talking Poetry: Friends of the Library Event to Feature Three Notable Poets

The Carlyle Campbell Friends of the Library spring meeting will feature a panel of poets talking to each other about their poetry. Joseph Bathanti, North Carolina’s poet laureate, will be joined by Debra Kaufman and Al Maginnes.  After dinner, the Friends will be entertained by a mixture of poetry readings and discussion of the art and challenges of writing those poems.

Joseph Bathanti, a Pittsburgh native, is professor of creative writing at Appalachian State University. He came to North Carolina after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh as a VISTA volunteer in 1976 working with the Department of Corrections.  He has worked in the state ever since, teaching writing and continuing to work with prison populations.  He is the author of eight books of poetry, including National Book Award nominee This Metal and Roanoke Chowan Prize winner Restoring Sacred Art. He was named NC Poet Laureate in 2012 by Governor Bev Perdue. He has also published two novels, some short stories and several works of non-fiction.

Debra Kaufman is also widely published, with two full length collections and with individual poems published in many anthologies and literary magazines.  Betty Adcock says of her latest collection, The Next Moment, “This collection is a journey that sings—fugue, lament, and finally hymn of muted celebration.”

Al Maginnes teaches composition and creative writing at Wake Technical Community College.  He has published five collections, including Ghost Alphabet, winner of the White Pine Poetry Prize, and is also published in a number of regional and national journals.

Make your reservation for dinner and an entertaining evening of poetry in support of the library today.  Call the library office at x8531 or visit the Friends website for more information and to read poems from each of these fine poets.

—Story submitted by Laura Davidson, dean of library information services

Melyssa Allen

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