Monday, August 17, 2015

Gillan at the Midtown Literary Walk in Detroit




Maria Mazziotti Gillan will be reading on Saturday, September 19 in Detroit, MI as part of the Midtown Literary Walk.

It is hosted by M. L. Liebler. 

All events are free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary. Metered street parking available.

12:00 pm | Hannan House (4750 Woodward Ave) Bonnie Rose Marcus, Michael Lauchlan, and Desiree Cooper
1:00pm | The N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art (52 E. Forest Ave) Thylias Moss and Pete Brown 2:00 pm | SocraTea Detroit (71 Garfield, Suite 50) Jim Reese, Kelly Fordon, and T. Dwella
3:00 pm | WSU Welcome Center (42 W. Warren Ave) Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Quincy Troupe

For information, see www.wsupress.wayne.edu





Maria's Official Site is at MariaGillan.com.  Her latest publication is the poetry and art collection, The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Poem: In New Jersey Once

Hank Kalet set out to craft a list of 10 representative New Jersey poems, and asked about 40 New Jersey-affiliated poets for suggestions. New Jersey was the home to William Carlos Williams, Allen Ginsberg, Amiri Baraka and Walt Whitman and is the home to Robert Pinsky, C.K. Williams, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Gerald Stern and Alicia Ostriker and many others who have lived or taught here for a time, such as Stephen Dunn, Evie Shockley, Mark Doty and Denise Levertov.

Kalet published "The List: I Hear NJ Singing -- The Varied Poetic Voices of the Garden State" which includes Maria's poem "In New Jersey Once" which R.G. Evans, a South Jersey poet and high-school teacher, selected. Evans says the poem is "a very short poem (that) speaks to the loss of the natural world due to urbanization," a description that seems to sum up the history of the Garden State.


In New Jersey Once

In New Jersey once, marigolds grew wild.
Fields swayed with daisies.
Oaks stood tall on mountains.
Powdered butterflies graced the velvet air.

Listen.  It was like that.
Before the bulldozers.
Before the cranes.
Before the cement sealed the earth.

Even the stars, which used to hang
in thick clusters in the black sky,
even the stars are dim.

Burrow under the blacktop,
under the cement, the old dark earth
is still there.  Dig your hands into it,
feel it, deep, alive on your fingers.

Know that the earth breathes and pulses still.
Listen.  It mourns.  In New Jersey once, flowers grew.

from Where I Come From





Maria's Official Site is at MariaGillan.com.  Her latest publication is the poetry and art collection, The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Maria Gillan at the Festival of Women Writers


Maria Mazziotti Gillan will be reading her poetry and offering a workshop as part of the Third Annual Festival of Women Writers.

The Festivals runs from September 11-13, 2015 in Hobart, N.Y.

Her reading will be Friday at 2:15 pm. Maria's workshop on Saturday at 1:45 pm, "Finding the Poets Inside You: The Poetry of Memory and Place" is consistent with her poetry philosophy that when "We find the courage to explore our memories, we will find the source for powerful and evocative writing. This workshop is designed to help us find the stories we have to tell and the words to tell them, using our daily lives and our varied experiences to unearth them."


Hobart is known as "The Book Village of the Catskills" and the Festival of Women Writers has become a highly anticipated event. Since its inception, the Festival has created space for established and emerging women writers to share their insights and skills through a variety of writing activities and public readings.

Hobart will again host a diversity of working women writers, and Main Street will be busy with workshops, readings, and other writing activities from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon at its third annual Festival.  Novelists, short-story and young-adult fiction writers, memoirists, poets, and bloggers will join us again this year. All writers and lovers of books and women’s writing are welcome to participate in and enjoy the Festival of Women Writers.



Maria's Official Site is at MariaGillan.com.  Her latest publication is the poetry and art collection, The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Gillan Reading July 20 in Sea Isle City



Maria Mazziotti Gillan will be reading on Monday July 20, 2015 as part of the Beach Bards Poetry & Prose Reading Series.

The reading will be at 6 p.m. at the Sea Isle City Library, 4800 Central Avenue, Sea Isle City, NJ 08243. 

For more information, contact coordinator at 609-263-5491


Maria's Official Site is at MariaGillan.com.  Her latest publication is the poetry and art collection, The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

The Festival of Women Writers

Maria Mazziotti Gillan will be reading her poetry and offering a workshop as part of the Third Annual Festival of Women Writers. The Festivals runs from September 11-13, 2015 in Hobart, N.Y. and Maria will be reading on Friday afternoon and doing a workshop on Saturday afternoon.


The small (400 residents) town of Hobart is known as "The Book Village of the Catskills." The Festival has created space for established and emerging women writers to share their insights and skills through a variety of writing activities and public readings. Hobart's Main Street will be busy with workshops, readings, and other writing activities from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon at this third annual Festival and all writers and lovers of books and women’s writing are welcome.



Maria's Official Site is at MariaGillan.com.  Her latest publication is the poetry and art collection, The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Beach Bards Poetry & Prose Reading Series


This month, the Beach Bards Poetry & Prose Reading Series will feature Maria Mazziotti Gillan on Monday, July 20, 2015. The reading will be at 6 p.m. at the Sea Isle City Library, 4800 Central Avenue, Sea Isle City, NJ 08243.

The Beach Bards Poetry Reading Series will present Poetry & Prose program on the third Monday of each month from June through September. Poets will perform readings from their original works. Afterward, poets will sign copies of their books when available.  Sponsored by the Cape May County Library. For more information, contact coordinator at 609-263-5491

Maria Mazziotti Gillan, is a distinguished poet with national reputation. She has received an American Book Award, the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets and Writers, and the Literature Ward from the Associated Writing Programs. She is the author of 20 published books of poetry and anthologies and is a force in the poetry world today, reading not only nationally, but internationally.




Maria's Official Site is at MariaGillan.com.  Her latest publication is the poetry and art collection, The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Poetry Weekend Intensive with Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Laura Boss



Award-winning poets, Laura Boss & Maria Mazziotti Gillan will be offering their WRITING YOUR WAY HOME: A POETRY WEEKEND INTENSIVE in a new location this December 18 – 20, 2015.

The weekend event will be held at the the Loyola Retreat House—a large and elegant 105-year-old mansion located in Morristown, NJ. The location, the former Foote Family Mansion, is on 33 acres of wooded land and includes a ¾-mile path, sunken garden and fish pond. In this serene, beautiful setting for contemplating nature, you can nurture the creative spirit.

This poetry weekend intensive is open to all writers over the age of 18. Fifteen professional development credits will be granted.

The purpose of this retreat is to give writers the space and time to focus on their work away from the pressures and distractions of everyday life. Participants will draft poems in the workshops and need to bring paper or a notebook, pens, and a willingness to take risks. Please also bring previously-written work for one-on-one critiquing sessions and for group readings.

At this retreat, poets will find support and encouragement, stimulating writing exercises/prompts leading to the creation of new work and workshop leaders who are actively engaged in the writing life.

Weekend Schedule:
Friday: arrive between 3:00 and 5:30 p.m. and settle into rooms and begin to unplug from any distractions. After dinner, we'll break into two groups of 12 to 15 and start right in on writing and sharing our efforts.in each).

Saturday: After breakfast, groups will form for morning workshops. After lunch, there will be an afternoon workshop, followed by your choice of free time or a critiquing session with Maria or Laura.There will be an evening workshop session after dinner.

Sunday: Breakfast followed by a workshop. A final reading by all participants will serve as the “closing ceremony” to what we hope will be an inspiring and productive weekend. Lunch will offer another opportunity for socializing and networking.



Weekend Fee:  $465

$325 Deposit due by November 1, 2015
$140 Balance due by November 20, 2015
Early Bird Discount: deduct $25 if paid in full by November 7, 2015.
  • Total fee includes room, meals, and workshops. Each room has a sink and a semi-private bathroom is located between every two-room suite.
  • Full refund will be given prior to December 4, 2015.
  • Late registration will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.
Enrollment is limited and poets are already signed up for this workshop, so if you are interested, please sign up early. Send you name, address, email and phone number with a check payable to Maria Mazziotti Gillan and mail to: 40 Post Ave., Hawthorne, NJ 07506.   Further questions, email  mariagillan@verizon.net



ABOUT THE POETS

LAURA BOSS is an award-winning poet. She was a first prize winner in Poetry Society of America’s Gordon Barber Poetry Contest. Laura was the sole representative of the United States in 1987 at the XXVI Annual International Struga Poetry Readings in Yugoslavia.  Awards for her writing 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 in 1999, 1992, and 1986. In June 2011, she received the First International Poetry Award at the first International Poetry Festival at Swansea, Wales (sponsored by Cross-Cultural Communications and Seventh Quarry Magazine of Wales).

Her collections of poetry include  Stripping (Chantry Press, 1982) the award-winning On the Edge of the Hudson (Cross-Cultural Communications, 1986). Her book, Reports from the Front (CCC, 1995) was nominated for an American Book Award.  Arms: New and Selected Poems was published by Guernica Editions in 1999. Flashlight, also published by Guernica, is her most recent collection.

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 a finalist in the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award.

Laura is the founder and Editor of Lips poetry magazine



MARIA MAZZIOTTI GILLAN is a recipient of the 2014 George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature from AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs), 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).

She 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.

Maria has published twenty books. Her most recent are the poetry and art collection, The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets (Redux Consortium). Ancestors' Song (Bordighera Press), Writing Poetry To Save Your Life: How To Find The Courage To Tell Your Stories (MiroLand, Guernica) and the bi-lingual poetry collection, In a Place of Flowers & Light (poems in English & Italian). Her book, What We Pass On collects her poems from 1980-2009.