September 19, 2012

Distinguished Poets Series Workshops

All workshops are $15 and pre-registration 
is required using the online form.

November 3, 2012
Maria Gillan or M.L. Liebler

December 8, 2012
Richard Blanco or Patricia Smith

February 2, 2013
Jim Reese or Joe Weil

March 2, 2013
George Bilgere or Marie Howe

April 6, 2013
Wanda Coleman or Dorianne Laux

May 11, 2013
Louis Jenkins or B.J. Ward

Workshops in the Distinguished Poets Series are held 
from 10am to 12pm at the Hamilton Club Building, 32 Church St., Paterson, NJ

Mail registration form and fee to: 
The Poetry Center at PCCC
1 College Blvd. Paterson, NJ 07505


Distinguished Poets Series 2012 -2013

Readings are at 1pm on the dates listed at the Hamilton Club Building, 
32 Church St. at Ellison st., downtown Paterson, nj 
Readings are free.
Open readings on 12/8, 3/2 & 5/11.
Pre-register for workshops using the enclosed form.

The Poetry Center at 
Passaic County Community College

Maria Mazziotti Gillan, 
founder and executive director

November 3, 2012  -  PLR Celebration Reading

Join The Poetry Center in celebrating 33 years of publishing the Paterson Literary Review (PLR) with a reading featuring many contributors to issue #40.

The Paterson Literary Review features unpublished work by well-known writers, as well as by writers whose work is so good it should be better known.

Poems from PLR have appeared in Best American Poetry and the Pushcart Prize Anthologies. PLR has been chosen by the Library Journal as one of the ten best literary journals in the country, and, in 2008, PLR was chosen as best journal by The Montserrat Review.

Workshop with Maria Gillan or M.L. Liebler
10am to 12pm

December 8, 2012  -  Richard Blanco & Patricia Smith

Richard Blanco’s acclaimed first book of poetry, City of a Hundred Fires, received the Agnes Starrett Poetry Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press (1998). His second book, Directions to The Beach of the Dead, won the Beyond Margins Award from the PEN American Center for its continued exploration  of  the universal themes of cultural identity and homecoming. A third collection, Looking for The Gulf Motel, was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2012. Blanco is recipient of two Florida Artist Fellowships, a Residency Fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and is a John Ciardi Fellow of the Bread Loaf Writers Conference.

Patricia Smith, lauded by critics as “a testament to the power of words to change lives,” is the author of seven acclaimed poetry volumes. Blood Dazzler, which chronicles the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Katrina, was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award. Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah (Coffee House Press, 2012), a memoir in verse, tracks the second wave of the Great Migration. Smith’s book, Teahouse of the Almighty (Coffee House Press, 2006), was a National Poetry Series selection and winner of the first-ever Hurston/Wright Award in Poetry. Smith is the winner of the Chautauqua Literary Journal Award in poetry and a Pushcart Prize for the poem, “The Way Pilots Walk.”

Workshop with Richard Blanco or Patricia Smith
10am to 12pm

February 2, 2013  -  Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award Winners

Dante Di Stefano, First Prize 
Donna Spector, Second Prize
Carole Stone, Second Prize
Jim Reese, Third Prize

Honorable Mention: Norma Ketzis Bernstock, Judith A. Brice, 
Gail Fishman Gerwin, Tony Gloeggler, Martin Golan, Eric Greinke, James D. Gwyn, Pat Hardigree, Jean Hollander, Susan G. Jackson, Alice Jay, Alice E. Johansen, Gina Liotta, Frances Lombardi-Grahl, Mary Makofske, Mary Ann Mannino, Sheila O'Neill Massoni, Francesca Maxime, Pat Mottola, Gloria g. Murray, Elizabeth Nesius, Tammy Paolino, Wanda S. Praisner, Maude Carolan Pych, David Quintavalle, Edwin Romond, Kenneth Ronkowitz, Ellen Rowe, Lori Ruzich, Penelope Scambly Schott, Donna Baier Stein, Marianne Taylor,  Leah Umansky, Alfred Weiss, Neal Zirn.

Workshop with Jim Reese or Joe Weil
10am to 12pm

March 2, 2013  -  George B. Bilgere & Marie Howe

George B. Bilgere has published five collections of poetry, most recently The White Museum which was awarded the 2009 Autumn House Poetry Prize. His third book, The Good Kiss (2002), was selected by Billy Collins to win the University of Akron Poetry Award. He has received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pushcart Foundation, the Witter Bynner Foundation through the Library of Congress and the Fulbright Foundation. He hosts a weekly radio show, WORDPLAY, which is an offbeat mix of poetry and comedy.

Marie Howe is the author of three volumes of poetry, The Kingdom of Ordinary Time (2008), What the Living Do (1998), and The Good Thief (1988). Stanley Kunitz selected Howe for a Lavan Younger Poets Prize from the American Academy of Poets. She has been a fellow at the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College and a recipient of NEA and Guggenheim fellowships. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry, AGNI, Ploughshares, Harvard Review, and The Partisan Review, among others. Currently, Howe teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College, Columbia, and New York University.

Workshop with George B. Bilgere or Marie Howe
10am to 12pm

April 6, 2013  -  Paterson Poetry Prize Winners

First Prize

Dorianne Laux
The Book of Men 
(W. W. Norton & Company, New York, NY)


Wanda Coleman, The World Falls Away
(University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, PA)

Martín Espada, The Trouble Ball 
(W. W. Norton & Company, New York, NY)

Rachel Richardson, Copperhead 
(Carnegie Mellon University Press, Pittsburgh, PA)

Jason Schossler, Mud Cakes 
(Bona Fide Books, Tahoe Paradise, CA)

Joe Wilkins, Killing the Murnion Dogs 
(Black Lawrence Press, New York, NY)

Dorianne Laux’s fifth collection, The Book of Men, winner of the Paterson Poetry Prize, is currently available from W.W. Norton. Her fourth book of poems, Facts about the Moon, is the recipient of the Oregon Book Award and was short-listed for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. Co-author of The Poet’s Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry, Laux is the recipient of two Best American Poetry Prizes, a Pushcart Prize, two fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts and a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2001, she was invited by late poet laureate Stanley Kunitz to read at the Library of Congress.

Wanda Coleman is known as “the unofficial poet laureate of Los Angeles,” and “the L.A. Blues woman.” A seminal figure of post-60s literary Los Angeles, she has shared the stage with such cultural icons as Timothy Leary, Alice Coltrane, Allen Ginsberg, Bonnie Raitt, and Los Lobos. She has published 22 books of poetry and fiction, which include Bathwater Wine, winner of the 1999 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize   the first African-American woman to receive the award    and Mercurochrome, bronze-medal finalist, National Book Award 2001 (both from Black Sparrow Press).

Workshop with Dorianne Laux or Wanda Coleman
10am to 12pm

May 11, 2013  -  Louis Jenkins & M.L. Liebler

Louis Jenkins’ most recent books are North of the Cities (2007), European Shoes (2008) and Before You Know It: Prose Poems 1970-2005 (2009) all published by Will o’ the Wisp Books. Jenkins was awarded two Bush Foundation Fellowships for poetry, a Loft-McKnight Fellowship, and was the 2000 George Morrison Award winner. Jenkins is currently working with Mark Rylance, former director of the Globe Theatre, London, on a stage production titled Nice Fish!  based on Jenkins’ poems. The work will premier at the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, on April 6, 2013.

M.L. Liebler is the author of 13 books including Wide Awake in Someone Else's Dream (2008), which won both The Paterson Poetry Prize for Literary Excellence  and The American Indie Book Award for 2009. Liebler is the founding director of both The National Writer's Voice Project in Detroit and the Springfed Arts: Metro Detroit Writers Literary Arts Organization. In 2010, he received The Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers with Maxine Hong Kingston & Junot Diaz. 

B.J. Ward’s most recent book is Gravedigger’s Birthday (North Atlantic Books, 2002). Ward is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the NJ State Council on the Arts and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. He is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Warren County Community College. 

Workshop with Louis Jenkins or B.J. Ward
10am to 12pm

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