Joseph Bathanti en North Carolina's Poet Laureate <p><a href="" target="_blank">Joseph Bathanti</a> was born and raised in Pittsburgh. He even went to college and graduate school there. So it's a testament to his passion for North Carolina that he was just announced as the<a href="" target="_blank"> Tar Heel state's newest poet laureate</a>. Bathanti came to North Carolina in the late 1970s to be a VISTA volunteer. Tue, 02 Oct 2012 14:02:00 +0000 Susan Davis & Frank Stasio 3773 at North Carolina's Poet Laureate