An evening with writers Brenda Flanagan and Joseph Bathanti
Friday, March 23, 7:30 p.m.
$7 / $5 for BMCM+AC members + students w/ID
Known internationally for her dramatic presentations of her stories and poems, Brenda Flanagan teaches Creative Writing, Caribbean and African American Literatures and Literary Analysis at Davidson College. She has received numerous awards for her writing and serves frequently as a cultural ambassador for the US Department of State, with recent visits to the Middle East, Africa and Asia. She will read from her upcoming book about singer Nina Simone.
Joseph Bathanti is a professor of Creative Writing at Appalachian State University and co-director of the Visiting Writers series there. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, he came to North Carolina as a VISTA Volunteer in 1976 to work with prison inmates. Through this work he developed a deep friendship with BMC alumnus Fielding Dawson who was Chairman of the P.E.N Prison Writing Committee. Most recently, his collection of short stories, The High Heart, winner of the 2006 Spokane Prize was published by Eastern Washington University Press. Bathanti has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes in short fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. He is the recipient of two Literature Fellowships from the North Carolina Arts Council, The Samuel Talmage Ragan Award and many others.