Friday, April 20, 2018

Jan Beatty is the Winner of the Paterson Poetry Prize


The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College is pleased to announce that the 2018 Paterson Poetry Prize winner is Jan Beatty for her book, Jackknife: New and Selected Poems (University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, PA).

"Jackknife is a book that secures Jan Beatty's place in American literature as one of the fiercest and bravest poets writing today." — Maria Mazziotti Gillan


FINALISTS
Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, Arrival: Poems (Northwestern University Press, Evanston, IL)
Jim Daniels, Rowing Inland (Wayne State University Press, Detroit, MI)
Judy Grahn, Hanging on Our Own Bones (Red Hen Press, Pasadena, CA)
Nicole Homer, Pecking Order (Write Bloody Publishing, Los Angeles, CA)
Christine Kitano, Sky Country (BOA Editions, Ltd., Rochester, NY)
Meghan O’Rourke, Sun in Days (W. W. Norton & Co., New York, NY)
Benjamin Alire Sáenz, The Last Cigarette on Earth (Cinco Puntos Press, El Paso, TX)
Cindy Veach, Gloved Against Blood (CavanKerry Press, Fort Lee, NJ)


The Paterson Poetry Prize of $1,000 is given annually by the Poetry Center to a book of poetry (48 pages or more) published in the previous year.

The submission deadline for books published in 2018 is February 1, 2019. For 2019 award rules and application forms, visit poetrycenterpccc.com/awards/. For questions,  contact sdesai@pccc.edu

The Poetry Center was named a Distinguished Arts Project and awarded several Citations of Excellence, and is funded, in part, by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Maria Gillan - Poetry at ECSU


Maria Mazziotti Gillan reading her poetry, April 5, 2018 at Eastern Connecticut State University.









Maria Mazziotti Gillan's most recent books are the poetry and photography collection, Paterson Light and Shadow  and the poetry collection, What Blooms in Winter . Her collection of poems along with some of her paintings is The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets . Maria's official website is MariaGillan.com.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Poem: Magic Circle

The Journalverse site selected Maria Gillan's poem, "Magic Circle" as one of its Poems of the Day this month.

The poem is from Italian Women in Black Dresses, a book that the site says is "Written to read like a memoir" in the way that it details the life of a family across generations and provides a moving and haunting portrait of the Italian mother who is the center around which this family revolves. But this is much more than a story about ethnicity; it transcends any single identity and explores instead the many ways in which people learn to identify themselves."



Magic Circle

My mother drew her magic circle around us, led us inside
where we were always safe. She told us stories,
spinning the thread back between herself and her mother
and her mother’s mother and connecting that thread to us
her daughters and teaching us how to connect

the same thread to our daughters and granddaughters,
all those women baking bread and bearing children
teaching us to love ourselves, love them. The stories
save our lives, passing the meaning on from one
generation to the next, a silver thread, a silver

thread that strengthens us, all those women,
caught in our hearts, teaching us how to laugh,
how to make our arms into cradles
to hold each other and sing.

 by Maria Mazziotti Gillan



Maria Mazziotti Gillan's most recent books are the poetry and photography collection, Paterson Light and Shadow  and the poetry collection, What Blooms in Winter . Her collection of poems along with some of her paintings is The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets . Maria's official website is MariaGillan.com.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Poetic Legacy of Whitman, Williams, and Ginsberg


The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College is pleased to announce the publication of The Poetic Legacy of Whitman, Williams, and Ginsberg, edited by Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Susan Amsterdam.

This book of essays is a compilation of the papers presented at the conference "Celebrating the Poetic Legacy of Whitman, Williams, and Ginsberg" at Passaic County Community College on June 3, 2017.

The essays present varied perspectives on these three major writers connected with New Jersey and the development of 20th and 21st century American literature. In addition, some of them deal with teaching American literature and teaching creative writing relying on the narrative method.
This book is not only an historical document on the conference but also an exploration of the American literary tradition.

The Poetic Legacy of Whitman, Williams, and Ginsberg is available for order from the Poetry Center at PCCC website.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Maria Gillan Reading at St. Peter's University







Maria Mazziotti Gillan's most recent books are the poetry and photography collection, Paterson Light and Shadow  and the poetry collection, What Blooms in Winter . Her collection of poems along with some of her paintings is The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets . Maria's official website is MariaGillan.com.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Paterson Through the Arts April 13 at William Paterson University


As part of the Paterson Through the Arts program at William Paterson University, Maria Mazziotti Gillan will participate in a panel discussion after a screening of the the biographical film about her, "All That Lies Between Us," on April 13, 2018.

The event is free and open to the public.

The documentary, which is written, produced and directed by Kevin Carey and Mark Hillringhouse, incorporates images of Paterson that juxtapose urban decay with natural wonders, and remnants of an industrial past with scenes from contemporary life. Following Gillan's path through the city as a child and adult, it also includes footage of Gillan’s poetry classes at Binghamton University-SUNY, and scenes of the campus and city.

The film features interviews with Ms. Gillan as she reminisces and shares insights about her life, including her student days in Paterson when being Italian was sometimes ridiculed, and when she had the same teacher who taught one of the city’s most celebrated literary figures, poet Allen Ginsberg.

The panel will include Gillan, Hillringhouse and Carey.

The event also includes a reception for the book Paterson Lives.




Here’s what people have said about "All That Lies Between Us."

"When this fascinating documentary is over you understand that if there were a country called Poetry, Paterson would be its capital and Maria Mazziotti Gillan would be its president."  - Jeff Page, Journalist/Writer 
“This documentary captures everything I am fortunate to know about Maria—that she is wonderful and warm, gives generously of herself, and is an amazing teacher. I only wish I could flip the DVD over to a CD side with Maria’s rich voice reading every poem she has every written…”  - Jim Gwyn, poet 
"Paterson is lucky to call [her] a native daughter."  - Jim Haba, Poet/Founder and director of the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival for 22 years.


Maria Mazziotti Gillan's most recent books are the poetry and photography collection, Paterson Light and Shadow  and the poetry collection, What Blooms in Winter . Her collection of poems along with some of her paintings is The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets . Maria's official website is MariaGillan.com.