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"Where You Live: Writing About Yourself and Your Family" (workshop)

This month, the Heinz History Center’s Italian American Collection will host Poet Laureate of North Carolina, Joseph Bathanti, as its first Scholar-in-Residence. Bathanti will lead a special memoir writing workshop on Sat., Jan. 25, from 1–4 p.m. in the History Center’s Detre Library & Archives. 


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Visitors will learn the art of memoir writing as part of "Where You Live: Writing about Yourself and Your Family,"  Participants will come away with a story - a memoir - about where they and their families live and have lived. Bathanti will discuss how memory, for better or worse, figures into personal writing. Participants are encouraged to bring to the workshop old family photographs and any other familial artifacts that generate memories. 

Admission for this workshop is $15 for members and $25 for non-members. Reservations are recommended. Please contact Melissa Marinaro, curator of the Italian American Program, at[masked] or [masked]. 

In addition to the memoir writing workshop at the History Center, Bathanti will host public programs at other local sites throughout January: • Thurs., Jan. 23, 7 p.m. – La Roche College, Fisher Multi-Purpose Room, Wright Library, 9000 Babcock Blvd. Professor Bathanti will read selections of his writings as part of a free lecture. Presented by Sigma Tau Delta and the Student Activities Office. For more information, contact Professor Michelle Maher at[masked] or [masked]. 

• Fri., Jan. 31, 8 p.m. – Chatham University, Mellon Board Room, Chapel Hill Rd. Professor Bathanti will present a reading and sign books, which will be available for purchase. For more information, contact Erin Hutton at[masked] or [masked]. 

Several of Bathanti’s books, including the award-winning “East Liberty,” are available for purchase in the History Center Museum Shop. For more information on the History Center’s Italian American Collection, contact Melissa Marinaro at[masked] or [masked].

Joseph Bathanti is the Poet Laureate of North Carolina. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, he holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English literature from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from Warren Wilson College. Bathanti came to North Carolina as a VISTA Volunteer in 1976 to work with prison inmates. He is a professor of creative writing at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., 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 and his first novel, “East Liberty,” published in 2001 by Banks Channel Books, won the Carolina Novel Award. His latest novel, “Coventry,” published by the Novello Festival Press, won the 2006 Novello Literary Award.

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  • Cynthia T.

    I'm sorry to miss this event, but due to the snow, I can't attend.

    January 25, 2014

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