May 8, 2009

Gillan named Conn. Poetry Circuit Touring Poet

Maria Mazziotti Gillan has been chosen to serve as the Connecticut Poetry Circuit Touring Poet for fall 2009. As such, she will visit a series of colleges in Connecticut to read her poetry and to speak to classes.

The Connecticut Poetry Circuit was established in 1968 to continue the work of the New England Poetry Circuit, which was established in 1964 at the request of the Academy of American Poets.

The work of the circuit is guided by a panel of poets: Dick Allen, Clare Rossini, Kate Rushin, and Vivian Shipley. Each year the panel nominates outstanding poets who might give a series of readings in Connecticut at various colleges, and this year, the panel chose Maria Mazziotti Gillan for this honor. Last year’s poet was Kurt Brown.

Maria Mazziotti Gillan 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 Mother Told 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 New Jersey (Rutgers). She is the editor of the Paterson Literary Review.

Her newest book All That Lies Between Us (Guernica Editions, 2007) was given the American Book Award.

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