Catherine Doty and Bob Viscusi launch the new reading season for the poetry group at the Barnes & Noble book store in Clifton, N.J. Poets Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Laura Boss host the group on the first Thursday of the month.
Cat Doty read some new poems and also from her book Momentum, published by CavanKerry Press.
Robert Viscusi read from his epic poem Ellis Island, and from his books A New Geography of Time, published by Guernica, and An Oration upon the Most Recent Death of Christopher Columbus, published by VIA Folios.
Robert Viscusi is the President of Italian American Writers Association and has been the primary mover with Vittoria repetto of this monthly reading series at Cornelia St. Café. Viscusi won the American Book Award in 1996 for his first novel, Astoria, the story of the Great Migration of Italians to this country, 1880-1924, as it is re-imagined by a writer who is a third-generation Italian American. He has also published An Oration upon the Most Recent Death of Christopher Columbus, A New Geography of Time, Buried Caesars, and Other Secrets of Italian American Writing (Premio Giuseppe Acerbi, 2008), and numerous essays on American literature and culture. His current project is an epic poem entitled Ellis Island is currently appearing in parts. A handmade limited edition of its first four books (there are 52 books in all) has been designed and produced by the poet Nora Almeida. You can read random sonnets based upon the whole text at www.ellisislandpoem.com
Catherine Doty received the 2003 Academy of American Poets Marjorie J. Wilson Award and fellowships from the New Jersey State Arts Council and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She has worked as a visiting artist for the Frost Place, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the New York Public Library, and other organizations. She was a finalist in the 2005 Paterson Poetry Prize competition for her book, Momentum (CavanKerry Press).
LAURA BOSS, a national award-winning poet, was a first prize winner in Poetry Society of America's Gordon Barber Poetry Contest. Founder and Editor of Lips poetry magazine, she was the sole representative of the USA in 1987 at the XXVI Annual International Struga Poetry Readings in Yugoslavia. Her awards for her own poetry also include an American Literary Translators Award (funded through the National Endowment for the Arts), and Fellowships in Creative Writing (Poetry) from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State in 1999, 1992, and 1986. Her books of poetry include Stripping (Chantry Press, 1982) the award-winning On the Edge of the Hudson (Cross-Cultural Communications, 1986), and Reports from the Front (CCC, 1995) which was nominated for an American Book Award. Her most recent book is Arms: New and Selected Work (Guernica Editions, 1999). Her poetry has appeared in The New York Times and in the anthology: The Poets of New Jersey: From Colonial to Contemporary (Jersey Shore Publications). In 1998 her manuscript was one of ten finalists in the country in Poetry Society of America's Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award.
Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Robert Viscusi
Cultural activist, teacher and editor Maria Mazziotti Gillan is one of the leaders of the multicultural turn in North American poetry. She was named Connecticut Circuit Touring Poet and begins her tour later this month. She is the rRecipient of Before Columbus Foundation's 2008 American Book Award for All That Lies Between Us.
Mazziotti is the founder and Director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College, editor of The Paterson Literary Review and is co-editor with her daughter Jennifer Gillan of acclaimed anthologies. Her work has been widely anthologized and she has won numerous awards.
Her books include The Weather of Old Seasons, Where I Come From: Selected, and Things My Mother Told Me (Guernica). She has been published in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, and Poetry Ireland as well as in numerous other journals.
NOTE: No Clifton poetry group reading in November.
Barnes & Noble, 395 Route 3 East (Clifton Commons), Clifton NJ
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