Joseph is the former Poet Laureate of North Carolina (2012-2014). A veteran North Carolina Humanities Council Road Scholar and Let’s Talk about It Scholar, and winner of the Linda Flowers Prize, he came to North Carolina as a VISTA Volunteer in 1976 to work with prison inmates. He is the author of eight books of poetry: Communion Partners; Anson County; The Feast of All Saints; This Metal, nominated for the National Book Award, and winner of the Oscar Arnold Young Award; Land of Amnesia; Restoring Sacred Art, winner of the 2010 Roanoke Chowan Prize, awarded annually by the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association for best book of poetry in a given year; Sonnets of the Cross; and Concertina, winner of the 2014 Roanoke Chowan Prize. His novel, East Liberty, won the 2001 Carolina Novel Award. His latest novel, Coventry, won the 2006 Novello Literary Award. His book of stories, The High Heart, won the 2006 Spokane Prize. They Changed the State: The Legacy of North Carolina’s Visiting Artists, 1971-1995, his book of nonfiction, was published in early 2007. His new book of personal essays, Half of What I Say Is Meaningless, winner of the Will D. Campbell Award for Creative Nonfiction, appeared in 2014. A new novel, The Life of the World to Come, is forthcoming from University of South Carolina Press in 2014. Bathanti is Professor of Creative Writing at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.