Pittsburgh poetry workshop, readings planned

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Visitors to the Heinz History Center will have a chance Saturday to write a family memoir with the help of a Pittsburgh-born poet and novelist.

Joseph Bathanti, the first scholar-in-residence at the history center's Italian-American collection, will direct the workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Detre Library & Archives of the history center at 1212 Smallman St. in the Strip District.

Mr. Bathanti is encouraging participants to bring old family photographs and other familial artifacts that generate memories.

The cost is $15 for history center members and $25 for nonmembers. Reservations are recommended and can be made through Melissa Marinaro, curator of the Italian-American Program, at 412-454-6426 or via email at memarinaro@heinzhistorycenter.org.

Mr. Bathanti, a professor of creative writing at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., and that state's poet laureate, has scheduled other public programs.

He will read from his writings in a free talk at 7 p.m. Thursday at La Roche College. It will take place in the Fisher Multi-Purpose Room at Wright Library, 9000 Babcock Blvd., McCandless. His appearance is sponsored by the English honor society Sigma Tau Delta and the La Roche Student Activities Office. For more information, contact professor Michelle Maher at 412-536-1219 or by email at Michelle.Maher@LaRoche.edu.

Mr. Bathanti also will read and sign books at 8 p.m. Jan. 31 in Chatham University's Mellon Board Room on Chapel Hill Road in Squirrel Hill. Contact Erin Hutton at 412-365-1685 or ehutton@chatham.edu.

Several of Mr. Bathanti's books, including his Pittsburgh-based novel, "East Liberty," are for sale in the history center's museum shop.

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