Saturday, September 15, 2018

A Poetry Intensive Weekends with Maria Gillan and Laura Boss - December 7 - 9, 2018

WRITING YOUR WAY HOME: A POETRY WEEKEND INTENSIVE
with award-winning poets, Laura Boss & Maria Mazziotti Gillan
December 7 - 9, 2018
at an English Manor House in Mendham, New Jersey



St Marguerite’s Retreat House, located in Mendham, NJ — is situated on 93 acres of wooded land with pathways for exploring the property. This serene, beautiful setting is perfect for contemplating nature and nurturing the creative spirit.

This poetry weekend intensive is open to all writers over the age of 18.

Time: Begins 5 p.m. Friday, December 7
Ends 1:30 p.m. Sunday, December 9

Location: English Manor House at the convent of Saint John the Baptist, 82 West Main Street, Mendham, NJ.

The purpose of this retreat is to give poets the space and time to focus on their writing away from the pressures and distractions of everyday life. Participants will draft poems in the workshops and should bring paper or a notebook, pens, and the 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;
• workshop leaders who are actively engaged in the writing life;
• opportunities to read their work aloud to the group;
• a community of writers and networking opportunities.

Fifteen professional development credits granted.

Poetry Weekend Intensive Schedule:

Friday, December 7: Please arrive by 5 PM and settle into your rooms. After dinner, we will break into two groups (about 12 to 15 in each), where we will have the opportunity to write poetry and share the work we’ve just written.

Saturday, December 8: After breakfast, we will break into two groups for morning workshops. Lunch will be served, followed by one afternoon workshop and either free time or a critiquing session with the poet faculty. Interested participants can sign up in advance (at the retreat house) and may bring previously written, typed work for feedback. After dinner, there will be an additional workshop.

*** On Friday and Saturday evenings, the two groups will come together and we will share our work—either something written on the weekend or previously.

Sunday, December 9: Breakfast followed by a workshop. A final reading by 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.

We envision this intensive as a journey, allowing us to look at things differently, listen to our own inner voice, and create in stillness and community. This is an opportunity to retreat from the noise and busyness everyday life and invite the muse to inspire us. In the workshops, we will capture our stories and memories on paper, and discover how poetry can, so often, save our lives.

Laura Boss is a first-place winner of PSA’s Gordon Barber Poetry Contest. Founder and editor of Lips, she is the recipient of three NJSCA Poetry Fellowships, and in June 2011 received the first International Poetry Award at the International Poetry Festival in Swansea, Wales. Her books include: Reports from the Front (CCC), Arms: New and Selected Poems and Flashlight (both Guernica). She co-edited with John Gallaher, Time Is a Toy: Selected Poems of Michael Benedikt (University of Akron, 2014). Her most recent book of poems is The Last Lover (NYQ, 2017). Her poems have appeared in The New York Times. Visit her website: laurabosspoet.wordpress.com

Laura and Maria
Maria Mazziotti Gillan is winner of the 2014 George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature from AWP, 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. She is the Founder/Executive Director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College, editor of the Paterson Literary Review, and starting September 2018, has been appointed a Bartle Professor at Binghamton University—SUNY and Professor Emerita of English and creative writing. She has published 23 books, including What Blooms in Winter (NYQ Books, 2016) and Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets (Cat in the Sun Books, 2014). Visit her website at www.mariagillan.com





Fee:
Deposit — October 15, 2018------------$300
Balance — November 15, 2018--------$125
Total---------------------------------$425

*Total fee includes room, meals, and workshops.
*Early Bird Discount: deduct $25 if paid in full by November 1, 2018.
*Full refund will be given prior to November 20, 2018.
*Late registration will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.
Enrollment is limited. We already have a list of people signed up for this workshop, so if you are interested, please sign up early.

Make check payable to Maria Mazziotti Gillan.
Mail to: 40 Post Ave., Hawthorne, NJ 07506

Other questions? Call (973) 684-6555 or (973) 943-6548
or email to: mgillan31240@gmail.com


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Art in the Park Showcase at the Great Falls Paterson

A view of the Falls from Overlook Park


2018 ART IN THE PARK SHOWCASE
OCTOBER 14, 1 – 4 PM AT OVERLOOK PARK
THE PATERSON GREAT FALLS NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK



The 2018 Art in the Park Showcase will take place on Friday, October 14, 2018, from 1 – 4 p.m., at Overlook Park, located at the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, 72 McBride Avenue in Paterson, NJ. The rain date is October 21.

Admission is free.

Performances will include professional artists and youth mentored in dance and music workshops held in Paterson over the summer.

Programming presented by the Passaic County Cultural & Heritage Council at Passaic County Community College, and funded by a National Endowment for the Arts ArtWorks grant.

Programming includes:

  • award-winning spoken word poets, including reg e. gaines and Vincent Toro
  • salsa/world music from People of Earth
  • the Inner City Ensemble with dancers from Rosa L. Parks School of Fine & Performing Arts and Passaic County Technical Institute
  • the Paterson Music Project featuring Community Charter School students
  • a wall mural by Halls that Inspire
  • sculpture by Barbara Wallace.

“The arts and the falls have always been inextricably linked, and this project will inspire more people to connect to the national park in Paterson," says Darren Boch, superintendent of the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park.

The Park is accessible with assistance; for more information, please call 973-684-5444 or write to sbalik@pccc.edu

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The New Jersey Poetry Resource Book

The New Jersey Poetry Resource Book is a guide produced by The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College. It is offered to to help poets and those who appreciate poetry to find resources that will develop and promote their writing and enjoy the art of poetry.

All entries are based on information available at the time of publication. Suggestions for updates may be sent to sdesai@pccc.edu

This publication is made possible, in part, by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Resource Book has sections on:

  • Writers’ Conferences & Festival
  • Reading Series
  • Literary Publications
  • Poetry Workshops
  • New Jersey Poetry Calendar
  • Small Presses
  • Enrichment Programs
  • Online Event Postings

 The New Jersey Poetry Resource Book is available as a downloadable pdf document.








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, August 29, 2018

Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival 2018: Maria Gillan


Maria Gillan read her poetry this month at a special event in Military Park in Newark showcasing a few of the Dodge Festival poets who will be at the 2018 Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival.

Maria will be reading again at the largest poetry event in North America when it returns to Newark in October.

The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival returns Thursday October 18th through Sunday October 21, 2018 and for those four days Newark’s downtown Arts District will be a poetry village featuring some of our most celebrated, diverse and vibrant poets and spoken word artists.

Maria Mazziotti Gillan will be one of the featured poets this year, and as part of their Ask a Poet series leading up to the Poetry Festival, they spoke with Maria.

Meet Maria and hear her poetry LIVE, along with many other poets at the festival.





POETS AT THE 2018 FESTIVAL
Elizabeth Alexander* | Francisco Aragón | Renée Ashley
Ellen Bass* | Jan Beatty | William Brewer | Jericho Brown
Tina Chang | Cortney Lamar Charleston | Marilyn Chin*
Sandra Cisneros | Henri Cole | Aaron Coleman | Kwame Dawes* William Evans
 | Naomi Extra | Forrest Gander* | Ross Gay
Maria Mazziotti Gillan | Rigoberto González | Linda Gregerson*
Terrance Hayes* | Juan Felipe Herrera | Brenda Hillman*
David Hinton | Nicole Homer | Marie Howe* | Rob Hylton
Joy Ladin | Joseph O. Legaspi | Raymond Luczak | Khaled Mattawa
Peter E. Murphy | Eileen Myles | Marilyn Nelson*
Aimee Nezhukumatathil | Hieu Minh Nguyen | Sharon Olds
Gregory Orr | Alicia Ostriker* | Gregory Pardlo | Kevin Pilkington
Khadijah Queen | Nancy Reddy | Alberto Ríos* | Mary Ruefle
Christine Salvatore | Sapphire | Nicole Sealey | Ntozake Shange
Danez Smith | David St. John* | J.C. Todd | BJ Ward | Rachel Wiley
Jenny Xie | David Young
* Academy of American Poets Chancellor
Full poet list subject to changes and additions




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.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Poems in the Park Will Feature Maria Gillan


Maria Gillan will be reading her poetry this Tuesday, August 21st at a special event showcasing a few of the Dodge Festival poets who will be at the 2018 Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival.

The event will be held at Military Park, 51 Park Place, Newark, NJ 07102 across from NJPAC.
The reading will in the park by the “Reading Room” at 6:30 p.m. The five poets will read until about 7:30 and a open mic 20-minute community reading will follow with the event ending by 8 p.m.



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.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Photo: Maria Gillan at the Calandra Institute


Maria Gillan reading - April 2018, Calandra Institute, NYC






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.