Poet Joseph Bathanti comes to The Regulator Bookshop with his newest book of poetry, The 13th Sunday After Pentecost, for a reading and booksigning. Music will be performed by Sus Long and Michael Conner (of Hardworker).
In The 13th Sunday after Pentecost, Joseph Bathanti offers poems that delve deep into a life reimagined through a mythologized past. Moving from his childhood to the present, weaving through the Italian immigrant streets of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to his parochial school, from the ballpark to church and home again, these contemplative poems present a situation unique to the poet but familiar to us all.
About the Author:
Joseph Bathanti is former Poet Laureate of North Carolina (2012-14) and recipient of the 2016 North Carolina Award for Literature. He is the author of ten books of poetry, including This Metal, which was nominated for the National Book Award. His novel East Liberty won the 2001 Carolina Novel Award and his novel Coventry won the 2006 Novello Literary Award. Bathanti is Professor of Creative Writing at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, and the University’s Watauga Residential College Writer-in-Residence. He served as the 2016 Charles George VA Medical Center Writer-in-Residence in Asheville, NC.
About the Musicians:
Singer-songwriter Sus Long met bass and banjo player Michael Conner in 2013 while they were in divinity school and they kept talking because they liked the same books. The two started meeting up to play Ramones covers and bluegrass standards, eventually forming a songwriting partnership that draws on folk and jazz, country and blues, blending the best of two very different musical tastes.
Two working pastors, Long and Conner are often in conversation about faith and grace, love and grief, and the threads that hold all things together. Formed by novels and poems, morning news, late-night theology, and the stories of the people around them, their music has taken them from festival stages to prison chapels as they explore the work of the modern psalmist.
They are also members of the Durham-based rock band, Hardworker, whose debut album is due in June 2017. Their EP, The Awful Rowing, is available on iTunes and Spotify.