Nov. 18: Poet Maria Mazziotti Gillan
The Department of English and Journalism presents "An Evening of Poetry with Maria Mazziotti Gillan," at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18, in Humanities Center, room 123. The event is free and open to the public.
About Maria Mazziotti Gillan
Maria Mazziotti Gillan is a recipient of the 2011 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers, and the 2008 American Book Award for her book, "All That Lies Between Us" (Guernica Editions).
She is the founder and executive director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, N.J., and editor of the Paterson Literary Review.
She is also director of the Creative Writing Program and professor of Poetry at Binghamton University-SUNY.
She has published 18 books, most recently: "Ancestors' Song" (Bordighera Press), "The Place I Call Home" (NYQ Books) and "Writing Poetry to Save Your Life: How to Find the Courage to Tell Your Stories" (MiroLand, Guernica).
She is co-editor with her daughter, Jennifer, of four anthologies: "Unsettling America," "Identity Lessons," and "Growing Up Ethnic in America" (Penguin/Putnam) and "Italian-American Writers on New Jersey" (Rutgers).
Her work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, New Letters, The New York Times, Poetry Ireland, Connecticut Review, The Los Angeles Review, The Christian Science Monitor, LIPS, and Rattle, as well as numerous other journals and anthologies.
Gillan won the 2008 Chancellor’s Award for Scholarship and Creative Endeavor from Binghamton University, the 2008 Sheila Motton Award, Primo Nazionale Belmoro, the First Annual John Fante and Pietro di Donato Award, the Aniello Lauri Award, the May Sarton Award, the Fearing Houghton Award, New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowships in Poetry, and the American Literary Translators Association Award through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. She received the New Jersey Governor’s Award for Literary Outreach and The Dare to Imagine Award from Very Special Arts.
Her poems have been read by Garrison Keillor on “The Writer’s Almanac.” She has been interviewed and read her poems on National Public Radio’s (NPR) “All Things Considered," “The Brian Lehrer Show,” “The Poet and the Poem,” “The Leonard Lopate Show,” as well as “In Honor of National Poetry Month,” “The Charles Osgood Show” on CBS-Radio, also on Pacifica Radio, and the Voice of America. She has also been featured on several Public Broadcasting System programs. Her books have been chosen as Editor’s Choice by Booklist, New York Public library Book List, and one of the American Library Association’s Outstanding Books for Lifelong Learners.
Her poems are included on state and national tests in North Carolina, Tennessee, Minnesota, Texas, and Italy.
Gillan has read her poems numerous times at universities, festivals, and poetry centers throughout the U.S. and in Italy, France, Yugoslavia, Finland, Wales, and Ireland. The Maria Mazziotti Gillan Collection of her papers is housed at the Binghamton University Libraries.
Dr. Patrick Hicks
Chair of the English Department