January 18, 2010

Paterson Poetry Prize @ Poetry Center 2/6

The Distinguished Poets Series of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College presents a Poetry Reading by the winners and finalists of the 2009 Paterson Poetry Prize. The event will take place Saturday, Feb. 6, at 1 p.m. in the historic Hamilton Club Building of Passaic County Community College, 32 Church Street, in downtown Paterson.

A reception and open reading will follow the program. This event is free. The building is wheelchair accessible. Other services including large print materials and FM assistive listening devices are available on request. Parking is available on campus for Poetry Reading participants.

For further information, contact the Poetry Center at 973-684-6555 or visit www.pccc.edu/poetry.

First Prize winner Li-Young Lee, of Chicago, Ill., will be joined by finalists Jan Beatty of Pittsburg, Pa., Jill Bialosky of New York, N.Y., Jericho Brown of San Diego, Calif., Jill Divine of Flagstaff, Ariz., Sharon Doubiago of San Francisco, Calif., Alex Lemon of Fort Worth, Tex., Jeffrey McDaniel of Cold Spring, N.Y., Molly Peacock of New York City, N.Y. and Luivette Resto of Glendora, Calif.

Lee’s book "Behind My Eyes" (W. W. Norton & Co., New York, N.Y.) won the first prize. Finalists participating in the program won for the following titles: "Jan Beatty, Red Sugar" (University of Pittsburgh Press,); Jill Bialosky, "Intruder" (Alfred A. Knopf, New York); Jericho Brown, "Please" (New Issues Poetry and Prose, Kalamazoo, Mich.); Jill Divine, "Game" (Two Dogs Press, Flagstaff, Ariz.); Sharon Doubiago, "Love on the Streets" (University of Pittsburgh Press); Alex Lemon, "Hallelujah Blackout" (Milkweed Editions, Minneapolis); Jeffrey McDaniel, "The Endarkenment" (University of Pittsburgh Press); Molly Peacock, "The Second Blush" (W.W. Norton, New York); and Luivette Resto, "Unfinished Portrait" (Tia Chucha Press, San Fernando, Calif.).

The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College has been named a Distinguished Arts Project and is funded, in part by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/ Department of State, and made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts. Maria Mazziotti Gillan is the executive director of the Poetry Center.

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