Hybrid Poetrio: Joseph Bathanti, Eric Nelson, Emily Paige Wilson

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Join us for our monthly poetry event featuring three poets and coordinated by Mildred Barya. This month, we welcome Joseph Bathanti, Eric Nelson, and Emily Paige Wilson. This is a hybrid event, meaning there is an option to attend virtually and a limited amount of seats available to attend the event in-store. The event is free but registration is required for both in-person and virtual attendance

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Joseph Bathanti, former Poet Laureate of North Carolina (2012-14) and recipient of the North Carolina Award in Literature, is 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. For more, visit https://interdisciplinary.appstate.edu/faculty/joseph-bathanti

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.


Eric Nelson’s most recent book is Horse Not Zebra, published in April 2022, by Terrapin Books. His six previous poetry collections include Terrestrials, chosen by Maxine Kumin for the X.J. Kennedy Award; The Interpretation of Waking Life, winner of the University of Arkansas Poetry Award, and Some Wonder, which won the 2015 Gival Press Poetry Award. Nelson’s poems have appeared in many print and online venues, including The Sun, Poetry, The Oxford American, Poetry Daily, and Verse Daily. Nelson taught writing and literature courses at Georgia Southern University, where he received the Ruffin Cup in 2009 for sustained excellence in teaching, publishing, and service. He retired, professor emeritus, in 2015, and he and his wife moved to Asheville where he gardens, walks, writes, and teaches in the Great Smokies Writing Program. For more, visit ericnelsonpoet.com

Eric Nelson is one of the great walker-poets. Along with Wordsworth, Whitman, and Frank O’Hara, he conjures, engages with, and praises his world of daily walks with his dog and his life at home with his family. As the title suggests, he focuses on the ordinary rather than the exotic – the horse, not the zebra. Out of humble encounters Nelson summons the mysteries of memory and metaphor and the “spontaneous evolving shrine(s)” that show up on the path for those who are alert and looking. These wonderful poems capture perfectly, and distinctively, a sensibility very much of our time: witty, yearning, a little battered. They’re rich with insights both tough-minded and humane. Eric Nelson’s quiet narratives, his zinger images, his direct and yet surprising lingo—these will charm you, and they’ll feed your mind and soul. 


Emily Paige Wilson is the author of the full-length collection Jalubí (Unsolicited Press, 2022) and two chapbooks: Hypochondria, Least Powerful of the Greek Gods (Glass Poetry Press, 2020) and I’ll Build Us a Home (Finishing Line Press, 2018). Her work has been nominated for Best New Poets, Best of the Net, and the Pushcart Prize. She lives in Asheville, NC, with her husband, poet and artist Eli Sahm. For more, visit https://www.emilypaigewilson.com 

In what ways does lineage resemble language, and are there aspects of both which will always feel untranslatable? With Prague as a backdrop, Jalubí explores this question as it attempts to balance on the fraught fulcrum point of what in the speaker’s family history has been accurately preserved and what has been turned into myth by way of intentional and accidental misrepresentations. Set in the shadow of witches, dragons, and a great-grandmother’s ghost, this collection suggests history itself is a haunting. What is translation? Wilson would answer: alchemy, a snare, to have and halve, or “the space the rain takes as it falls.” Here, language is scrutinized against a blue light. Every facet is up for examination in Jalubí—linguistics, sound, ancestry—and the turning and layering is part method, part spell. This book is a vessel—Wilson, a force of wind. These poems will put a river in your mouth. 


Mildred Kiconco Barya is a writer and poet. She has written short-stories and essays for various publications, features and travel articles for newspapers. Her first collection of poetry titled: Men Love Chocolates But They Don't Say won the National Award for poetry publication 2002. She is also the author of the poetry collections The Price of Memory and Give Me Room to Move My Feet. Barya is Assistant professor of Creative Writing and World Literature at University of North Carolina-Asheville. Learn more at http://mildredbarya.com/.

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Light at the Seam: Poems By Joseph Bathanti Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807176924
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: LSU Press - March 2nd, 2022

Horse Not Zebra By Eric Nelson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781947896543
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Published: Terrapin Books - April 18th, 2022

Jalubí By Emily Paige Wilson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781956692150
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Published: Unsolicited Press - May 24th, 2022

I'll Build Us a Home By Emily Paige Wilson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635344219
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Published: Finishing Line Press - February 16th, 2018

Some Wonder: poems By Eric Nelson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781940724027
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Published: Gival Press - October 25th, 2015

Crossing the Rift: North Carolina Poets on 9/11 and Its Aftermath By Joseph Bathanti (Editor), David Potorti (Editor) Cover Image
By Joseph Bathanti (Editor), David Potorti (Editor)
ISBN: 9781950413379
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Published: Press 53 - September 11th, 2021

Coventry By Joseph Bathanti Cover Image
ISBN: 9781604892215
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Published: Livingston Press at the University of West Al - November 1st, 2019

Brothers Like These By Joseph Bathanti Cover Image
ISBN: 9780998194929
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Published: St. Andrews University Press - March 24th, 2017

The 13th Sunday After Pentecost: Poems (Voices of the South) By Joseph Bathanti Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807164617
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Published: LSU Press - October 12th, 2016

The Price of Memory: After the Tsunami By Mildred Kiconco Barya Cover Image
ISBN: 9781856571029
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Published: Mallory International - March 1st, 2006

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