Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Maria Gillan Reading at Dodge Poetry Festival This Week


Reminder:  Maria Gillan will be reading twice at the 2018 Dodge Poetry Festival this week.

On Thursday, October 19th at 2:00 - 3:10 pm, Maria will be part of the Poetry Sampler on the main stage at Prudential Hall. On Saturday, October 20th she will read at 11:00 - 12:10 pm along with poets Jan Beatty, Tina Chang, Cortney Lamar Charleston and Danez Smith at North Star Academy.

(See the full Festival program)

Maria Mazziotti Gillan's most recent books are the poetry and photography collection, Paterson Light and Shadow  and the poetry collection, What Blooms in Winter . Her collection of poems along with some of her paintings is The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets . Maria's official website is MariaGillan.com.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Poem: I Was the Girl Who Never Spoke



on the road



I Was the Girl Who Never Spoke

I was the girl who never spoke, the shy girl,
my head perpetually bent, my eyes averted. The other night
at the bookstore I see the new Dick and Jane books
on a display shelf, I immediately remember how much

I wanted to be a part of that Dick and Jane world,
the big white house, the huge lawn, the upper middle
class father with his cardigan and pipe. In first grade,
I loved to look at the pictures in those readers,

the books offering me a window into a world
so different from my own Italian neighborhood,
the streets of Riverside lined with two or three family
shingled houses, statues of the Virgin Mary in a grotto

in the front yards of the newer hilltop houses, no front
yard at all in the ones like ours, roses climbing trellises,
vegetable gardens crammed full of corn and tomatoes,
zucchini and peppers, fig trees, grape vines.

In first grade I didn’t know that the distance
between Jane’s big white colonial and our apartment
could be traced in more than miles.

I was the girl who never spoke, afraid
I’d speak in Italian instead of English,
afraid, as I am sometimes even today,
that some expression common to Riverside
or some way of pronouncing a word will let everyone know

where I come from
where I belong
where I can never go.


by Maria Mazziotti Gillan, from Ancestors' Song






Maria Mazziotti Gillan's most recent books are the poetry and photography collection, Paterson Light and Shadow  and the poetry collection, What Blooms in Winter . Her collection of poems along with some of her paintings is The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets . Maria's official website is MariaGillan.com.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Jersey Arts Podcast Interview with Maria Gillan

Maria at the Great Falls in Paterson     (Photo by Mark Hillringhouse)

The Dodge Poetry Festival is the largest poetry event in North America. Paterson-based poet Maria Mazziotti Gillan will be reading on Thursday and Friday during the four-day festival taking place October 18-21 in Newark.

Maria is the force behind the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College, and the author of more than 20 books of and about poetry.

Her poems are about her life, including her strong memories of childhood in Paterson’s Italian immigrant community. She likes to talk about the “cave,” that place of memories and feelings inside us all that the best poetry takes us back to.

Producer Susan Wallner spoke to Maria Mazziotti Gillan for Jersey Arts at Maria's home in Hawthorne, a suburb of Paterson.  The interview was made as a video for NJN and also made available as a podcast (see below)



Listen to the podcast  15 minutes






Maria Mazziotti Gillan's most recent books are the poetry and photography collection, Paterson Light and Shadow  and the poetry collection, What Blooms in Winter . Her collection of poems along with some of her paintings is The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets . Maria's official website is MariaGillan.com.

Friday, October 5, 2018

State of the Arts New Jersey Presents Maria Mazziotti Gillan

State of the Arts NJ recorded poet Maria Gillan at her home in Hawthorne, New Jersey. Her interview will be broadcast on NJN Saturday, October 6 at 7:30 pm.

The heartfelt work of poet Maria Mazziotti Gillan is deeply rooted in her childhood memories of Paterson, New Jersey. She grew up in an Italian immigrant neighborhood, learning English only after starting school. 

Maria is one of the New Jersey poets featured in the 2018 Dodge Poetry Festival, the largest poetry event in North America (October 18-21).

The author of over 20 books by and about poetry, Maria is also the founder and executive director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College, editor of the Paterson Literary Review, and director of the Creative Writing Program and Professor of Poetry at Binghamton University-SUNY.

Maria Mazziotti Gillan's most recent books are the poetry and photography collection, Paterson Light and Shadow  and the poetry collection, What Blooms in Winter. Her collection of poems along with some of her paintings is The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets . Maria's official website is MariaGillan.com.




Produced by Susan Wallner; Narrated by Dan Gordon; Videography by Joe Conlon.





Monday, October 1, 2018

See and Hear Maria Mazziotti Gillan at the Dodge Poetry Festival



Maria will be reading twice at the 2018 Dodge Poetry Festival.

On Thursday, October 19th at 2:00 - 3:10 pm, Maria will be part of the Poetry Sampler on the main stage at Prudential Hall. Reading along with Maria in that session will be Renée Ashley, Jan Beatty, Jericho Brown, Tina Chang, Sandra Cisneros, Henri Cole, Kwame Dawes, Safia Elhillo, Juan Felipe Herrera, David Hinton, Eileen Myles and Aimee Nezhukumatathil.

Saturday, October 20th at 11:00 - 12:10 pm along with poets Jan Beatty, Tina Chang, Cortney Lamar Charleston and Danez Smith at North Star Academy.

(see the full Festival program)

Maria Mazziotti Gillan's most recent books are the poetry and photography collection, Paterson Light and Shadow  and the poetry collection, What Blooms in Winter . Her collection of poems along with some of her paintings is The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets . Maria's official website is MariaGillan.com.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Montclair Monthly Poetry Series Opens Season October 4


The Montclair Monthly Poetry Series at the Montclair Library will open its 2018-2019 season on Thursday, October 4. The featured poets will be Adele Kenny and Joe Weil.

The evening begins with a reception at 6 PM, followed by an open reading at 6:15. The featured readers will begin at 7 PM.


The series is held at the Montclair Public Library Auditorium and hosted by poets Maria Gillan and Laura Boss.

All readings in this series are free and open to the public.

For information, contact the library at 973-744-0500.

Location: Montclair Public Library (Auditorium), 50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ