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Poetry, Writing, Trauma & Healing


Mar 08 2017


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Forum for Scholars and Publics

011 Old Chemistry Building, Duke's West Campus Quad

Poetry, Writing, Trauma & Healing

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Poetry, Writing, Trauma & Healing

A Conversation with Joseph Bathanti

Join us for a discussion with novelist, memoirist and former poet laureate of North Carolina, Professor Joseph Bathanti in a conversation led by Duke University Professor Raymond Barfield. They’ll explore the intertwining of writing with human experiences of suffering, joy, trauma, and healing. In addition to his award-winning writing, Professor Bathanti has followed a call to service by teaching writing and literature to correctional facility inmates and, more recently, conducting writing workshops with military veterans. In September 2016, he was awarded the North Carolina Award for Literature.

Free and open to the public. Light lunch served.

Learn more about Joseph Bathanti:

Interview with Featured Poet: Joseph Bathanti. Town Creek Poetry (Spring 2011)

Joseph Bathanti: Writing as a Sacred Office. Faith & Leadership (October 22, 2012)

They Are Everywhere. Our State (November 3, 2013)

Writings From Wartime Help Healing. Citizen-Times (February 26, 2016)

Read selections of his writing in The Sun Magazine

Also – on Monday, March 7, Joseph Bathanti will be at The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth Street, Durham, reading from his most recent book of poems, The 13th Sunday After Pentecost. The reading begins at 7 pm.


Joseph Bathanti

Appalachian State University

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 Communion Partners; Anson County; The Feast of All Saints; This Metal, nominated for the National Book Award, and winner of…...

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Raymond Barfield

Duke University

Ray Barfield, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Christian Philosophy, joined the faculties of Duke's Medical School and Divinity School in 2008. Dr. Barfield came from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, where his research and practice focused on improving immune therapies for childhood cancer (including bone marrow transplantation and antibody therapy),…...

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