Maria Mazziotti Gillan won the American Book Award for her book All That Lies Between Us(Guernica Editions) in 2008. She is the Founder and the Executive Director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, NJ. She is also the Director of the Creative Writing Program and a Professor of Poetry at Binghamton University-State University of New York. She has published eleven books of poetry, including The Weather of Old Seasons (Cross-Cultural Communications), and Where I Come From, Things My MotherTold Me, and Italian Women in Black Dresses (Guernica Editions). 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 NewJersey (Rutgers). She is the editor of the Paterson Literary Review. Her book, What We Pass On: CollectedPoems 1980-2009 was published by Guernica Editions in May, 2010. Gillan has read her work at colleges, universities, poetry centers, and festivals throughout the USA including Harvard University, University of California at Santa Barbara, Longfellow House, Cambridge, the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, Wesleyan University, Georgetown University, San Francisco State University Poetry Center, University of California at San Diego, Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota, among many others. She has also read at poetry festivals internationally in Yugoslavia, Sicily, Italy, France, Malta, Wales, Ireland, and Finland. She was named Connecticut State Touring Poet in 2009 and What We Pass On was named one of the ten best books of 2010 by Montserrat Review.
Montclair, NJ - Thursday, December 2, 2010 - Laura Boss will be reading from her new book, Flashlight(Guernica, 2010) and Maria Mazziotti Gillan will be reading from her new book What We Pass On: Collected Poems 1980-2009 (Guernica, 2010). Come listen -- Montclair Public Library (auditorium), 50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ at 7 pm. This evening of poetry is open to the public, free admission, and will be followed by an open reading. For additional information contact Marilyn Kahn @ 973.744.0500.
This reading will also launch the beginning of a new poetry series to take place on the first Thursday of each month. This is a new location for the monthly poetry readings that were located at the Barnes & Noble store in Clifton Commons.