The Distinguished Poets Series of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College is presenting a reading by Joseph Bathanti and Jill Bialosky on Saturday, May 5, 2018. The reading will take place at 1 p.m. at the historic Hamilton Club Building, 32 Church Street, in downtown Paterson. Poetry workshops, conducted by Bathanti and Bialosky are 10 a.m. to noon at the same location (pre-registration required; workshop fee $20.00). Parking is available at the PCCC parking lot on College Blvd., between Memorial Drive and Church Street. The program is free and an open reading follows. Visit www.poetrycenterpccc.com for more details.
Joseph Bathanti is former Poet Laureate of North Carolina (2012-14) and recipient of the 2016 North Carolina Award for Literature. He is author of 10 books of poetry, including The 13th Sunday after Pentecost (LSU, 2016). His books of fiction are East Liberty, Coventry, The High Heart, and The Life of the World to Come. His recent book of personal essays, Half of What I Say Is Meaningless, is the winner of the Will D. Campbell Award for Creative Nonfiction. Bathanti is Professor of Creative Writing at Appalachian State University, in North Carolina, and Writer-in-Residence in the University’s Watauga Residential College.
Jill Bialosky is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir—History of a Suicide: My Sister’s Unfinished Life; four collections of poetry—The Players, Intruder, Subterranean, and The End of Desire; and three novels—The Prize, House Under Snow, and The Life Room. She is co-editor, with Helen Schulman, of the anthology, Wanting a Child. Her poems and essays appear in The New Yorker, O Magazine, Paris Review, The Nation, The New Republic, Kenyon Review, and American Poetry Review, among other publications.The Hamilton Club Building is wheelchair accessible; large print materials and FM assistive listening devices available on request. The Poetry Center at PCCC is funded, in part, by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.