September 1, 2012

Maria Mazziotti Gillan begins California reading tour

Maria Mazziotti Gillan will be promoting her new book of poetry, called “The Place I Call Home” (New York Quarterly Books) during her reading tour in California in September (schedule below).

The place that Maria Mazziotti Gillan calls home is a universal haven built of enduring memories and peopled by loving family.  In Gillan’s newest book of poetry, The Place I Call Home, we share her complex emotions of an immigrant childhood in Paterson, New Jersey, in the 1950s, her long marriage, her husband’s devastating illness, and her subsequent widowhood.

Yet, we also share the sheltering family in which she grew up, the deep love binding her and her husband, the unfolding of her life as a mother and grandmother, and, most of all, her resilient spirit.

She reminds us that even when the bud of youthful naïveté flowers into the reality of an uncaring universe, we are home again when we recall the protection we felt within the warm sanctuary of family. These poems are beautiful crystalline narratives, sometimes exuberant and sometimes poignant, but always unflinchingly true.

Maria Mazziotti Gillan is a recipient of the 2011 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers, and the 2008 American Book Award for her book, All That Lies Between Us(Guernica Editions).

Her new book of poetry will be The Place I Call Home from NYQ Books (ISBN:  978-1-935520-67-2). This title is forthcoming this September. You may join the publisher's general mailing list to be informed when it becomes available.

Maria is the Founder /Executive Director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, NJ, and editor of the Paterson Literary Review. She is also Director of the Creative Writing Program and Professor of Poetry at Binghamton University-SUNY.

She has published fourteen books of poetry, including The Weather of Old Seasons (Cross-Cultural Communications), and Where I Come FromThings My Mother Told MeItalian Women in Black Dresses, and What We Pass On: Collected Poems 1980-2009 (Guernica Editions). With her daughter, Jennifer, she is co-editor of four anthologies: Unsettling AmericaIdentity Lessons, and Growing Up Ethnic in America (Penguin/Putnam); and Italian-American Writers on New Jersey(Rutgers).

It will be available in September 2012.

Thursday, September, 13
Moe’s Books
2476 Telegraph Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94704
7:30 PM
Contact: Joyce Jenkins

Saturday, September, 15
Book Passage’s Corte Madera store
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.,  
Corte Madera, CA 94925
1:00 PM
Contact: Allison Bildsoe
415-927-0960 x 233

Saturday, September, 15
Roy Mash (private event)  

Sunday, September, 16
Petaluma Poetry Walk
Copperfields Books
140 Kentucky Street
Petaluma, CA 94952
3 PM
Contact: Store

Tuesday, September, 18
Berkeley City College, Berkeley                                                                                                                         
2050 Center Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
Contact: Laura Ruberto
Thursday, September, 20
University of La Verne      
1950 3rd St.
Laverne, CA 91750
10:30 AM - Noon        
Contact: Ken Scambray

Thursday, September 20
Wanda Coleman
Amelie Frank
Beyond Baroque                                                                  
681 Venice Blvd.,
Venice, CA 90291
7:30 PM
Richard Modiano

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