Crossing the Rift: NC Poets on 9/11 & Its Aftermath
Join us in The Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library on Saturday, September 18th at 3 p.m. for a group reading of Crossing the Rift: North Carolina Poets on 9/11 & Its Aftermath. Edited by Joseph Bathantiand David Potorti, the poems come at 9/11 through a variety of lenses and its vast associated collateral fallout: Islamophobia, the vilification of immigrants and the undocumented, ramped-up xenophobia, nationalism and isolationism, war, and supercharged military budgets that continue to impoverish our nation, with accompanying losses of community, health, and hope, and concurrent rises in homophobia, transphobia, virulent racism, and domestic terrorism. The poems take head-on what Carolyn Forche calls “the poetry of witness” and its advocacy “for a shared sense of humanity and collective resistance.” Six local poets will be in attendance to share their contributions to this powerful anthology.
Joseph Bathanti, former Poet Laureate of North Carolina (2012-14) and recipient of the North Carolina Award in Literature, is the author of seventeen books. Bathanti is the McFarlane Family Distinguished Professor of Interdisciplinary Education at Appalachian State University. He served as the 2016 Charles George VA Medical Center Writer-in-Residence in Asheville, North Carolina, and co-founder of the Medical Center's Creative Writing Program.
David Potorti is the co-founder of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows. He served as the literature and theater director for the North Carolina Arts Council and is active in ONE Wake, a non-partisan, multi-ethnic, multi-issue group of religious congregations, associations, and other non-profits in the Wake County, North Carolina area, implementing systemic changes within society to achieve the common good.
Event attendees will be required to wear a mask as per the County mandate. To reserve copies of Crossing the Rift, please call City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, NC, at 828-586-9499. For more information about the event, call City Lights Bookstore or contact the Library at 828-586-2016.
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