Monday, September 26, 2016

Poetry Reading at Wagner College with Maria Gillan September 28

Maria Mazziotti Gillan will be reading her poetry at Wagner College (NY) this Wednesday evening (September 28, 2016).

The reading will be at 6:00pm in the college's Manzulli Board Roo, and admission is free.

Wagner College is at One Campus Road, Staten Island, NY.  For info, contact Giuseppe Sorrentino giuseppe.sorrentino@wagner.edu


Maria Mazziotti Gillan is the author of twenty books. Her latest publication is the poetry and art collection, The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets. Maria's official website is at MariaGillan.com.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

December Poetry Weekend with Maria Gillan and Laura Boss


Poets are invited to attend WRITING YOUR WAY HOME: A POETRY WEEKEND INTENSIVE with award-winning poets, Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Laura Boss on December 9 - 11, 2016.

At this weekend writing 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.

This poetry weekend is open to all writers over the age of 18. For teachers and others, 15 professional development credits are available for attendance.



The weekend will be held at St Marguerite’s Retreat House, an English Manor House in Mendham, New Jersey that is situated on 79 acres of wooded land with pathways for exploring the property. This serene, beautiful setting is perfect for contemplating nature and nurturing the creative spirit on these weekends meant 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  with the poets, and for group readings.
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The weekend schedule:

Friday: Please arrive early because of the holiday weekend, between 2 pm and 5 pm, and settle into your rooms. Both Friday and Saturday before dinner, we will meet and greet at 5 pm in the lounge at the end of the hallway on the 1st floor (wine, cheese and crackers will be served). 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: 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: Breakfast will be 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.

Fee: $425 is all-inclusive - for attendance Friday evening through Sunday lunch, including all workshops, room, and meals
Deposit by November 1, 2016:  $300
Balance by November 15, 2016 $125
* Early Bird Discount: deduct $25 if paid $400 in full by October 20, 2016.
* Full refund will be given prior to November 18, 2016.
* Late registration will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Enrollment is limited.  We already have people signed up for this workshop, so if you are interested, please sign up early.

For information, contact mariagillan@verizon.net or send SASE to Maria Mazziotti Gillan, 40 Post Avenue, Hawthorne, NJ 07506 or call 1-973-684-6555.



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 (Guernica) and Flashlight (Guernica). She recently co-edited with John Gallaher, Time Is a Toy: Selected Poems of Michael Benedikt (University of Akron, 2014). Her poems have appeared in The New York Times. Visit her website: laurabosspoet.wordpress.com

Maria Mazziotti Gillan is the author of twenty-one books. She is a recipient 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 All That Lies Between Us (Guernica Editions). She is founder/executive director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College, editor of the Paterson Literary Review, director of the Binghamton Center for Writers and the creative writing program, and professor of English at Binghamton University-SUNY. She has published 20 books, including Ancestors’ Song (Bordighera Press), The Silence in an Empty House (NYQ Books), and Girls in Chartreuse Jackets (Cat in the Sun Books), and with her daughter Jennifer, she is co-editor of four anthologies.  Her latest publications are the poetry and art collection, The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets and the poetry collection, What Blooms in Winter. Maria's official website is at MariaGillan.com.





Friday, September 23, 2016

'My Mother Was a Brilliant Cook' Featured on The Writer's Digest

Maria Mazziotti Gillan was once again the featured poet on The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor. Her poem, "My Mother Was a Brilliant Cook," is from her new collection, What Blooms in Winter (NYQ Books, 2016).

You can hear Keillor's reading on the website.

My Mother Was a Brilliant Cook

The first time my mother went out
to eat was on her 25th wedding anniversary
at Scordato’s in Paterson, and the second time
was for her 50th anniversary
at the Iron Kettle House in Wyckoff.

My mother said, “I could have cooked
this meal better myself.”
But I knew she was happy,
though she would have never admitted it.

Once my mother came to Paterson
from Italy in steerage,
she was content to stay there.
She was a brilliant cook,
and didn’t need to go to restaurants.
She loved her house, poor as it was,
and never stayed in a motel or took a vacation
or wanted to.

She was content to offer platter after platter
of food to her family gathered
in her basement kitchen, and to watch them
laughing and talking together,
while she stood behind them
and smiled.

by Maria Mazziotti Gillian,




Maria Mazziotti Gillan is the author of twenty-one books. Her latest publications are the poetry and art collection, The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets and the poetry collection, What Blooms in Winter. Maria's official website is at MariaGillan.com.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Poem: It's Been a Week



“IT’S BEEN A WEEK
… of looking upward, inward, below the surface and back in time.”
—New York Times, D3, May 5, 2013

This year has been a year like that for me, you, already three
years dead and crossed over to that other place where I cannot
touch you, and I left behind looking upward to that place
where I imagined heaven is and where I hope you can feel me
missing you. NASA announces its plans to bring a piece of Mars
back to earth. I’d like to imagine I could bring back some
memento of you, though my friend tells me I have
to let you go. I read about a 23-million-year-old insect
of a previously unknown species found in Europe,
so perfectly preserved in amber that each tiny digit
of the 1.8-inch-long animal is clearly visible,
all its soft tissue intact. Sitting in my recliner now,
in our family room in the evenings, my legs elevated,
my eyes fixed firmly on the TV screen, where I watch
British mysteries, I suddenly have an image
of myself preserved in amber, tears on my cheeks,
the TV remote still solidly positioned in my hand.
What would the scientists of the future make of me?
This chubby woman alone in her silent house, half asleep
in a chair that holds her like a huge brown hand.
They would stare and stare, but how could they know
all the grief and longing that pulsed
below the surface of her skin
and in the chambers of her heart?

Maria Mazziotti Gillan
from What Blooms in Winter, forthcoming October 15, 2016


listen to Maria read this poem which first appeared in Rattle #50, Winter 2015







Maria Mazziotti Gillan is the author of twenty-one books. Her latest publications are the poetry and art collection, The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets and the poetry collection, What Blooms in Winter. Maria's official website is at MariaGillan.com.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Maria Gillan and Joe Weil Reading September 20

Gillan and Weil  - via dianelockward.blogspot.com

The Carriage House Poetry Series announced that their summer hiatus will end with an evening of poetry readings by Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Joe Weil will occur on Tuesday, September 20, 2016.

The free poetry performances will begin promptly at 8:00 p.m. in the Patricia Kuran Arts Center on Watson Road, off North Martine Avenue, adjacent to Fanwood Borough Hall (GPS use 75 N. Martine Avenue, Fanwood NJ).

Maria Mazziotti Gillan is the Founder/Executive Director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, and editor of The Paterson Literary Review. She also is the Director of the Creative Writing Program and Professor of Poetry at Binghamton University (SUNY). Maria is a recipient of the 2008 American Book Award for her book, All That Lies Between Us. Her newest collection is What Blooms in Winter.

Joe Weil is an assistant professor at Binghamton University who teaches poetry and fiction at the graduate and undergraduate levels. He is a noted performer of poetry and music and has been featured on PBS' Fooling with Words with Bill Moyers, in the New York Times, and at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the Detroit Opera House, Poets' House, and at Geraldine R. Dodge poetry festivals. Joe has published four volumes of poems, including The Great Grandmother Light: New and Selected Poems.

The Carriage House Poetry Series is currently in its 18th year at the Kuran Arts Center, an historic Gothic Revival structure that was once a 19th century carriage house, hence the name of the series. The Sept. 20th reading is free and open to the public. An open mic reading with local poets will follow the featured performance.

For more information call 908-889-7223 or 908-889-5298. For online directions and information, visit carriagehousepoetryseries.blogspot.com.



Maria Mazziotti Gillan is the author of twenty books. Her latest publication is the poetry and art collection, The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets. Maria's official website is at MariaGillan.com.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Meeting with Italian Students




Students from the University of Siena in Italy with Maria Mazziotti Gillan at the University of Rome during her 2016 visit and readings. The students have been studying her work in English and in translation.



Maria Mazziotti Gillan is the author of twenty books. Her latest publication is the poetry and art collection, The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets. Maria's official website is at MariaGillan.com.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Maria Gillan Reading at Wagner College (NY)

Maria Mazziotti Gillan will be reading her poetry at Wagner College (NY) on September 28, 2016. The reading will be at 6:00pm in the college's Manzulli Board Room.

Wagner College is at One Campus Road, Staten Island, NY.  Admission is free.

For info, contact Giuseppe Sorrentino giuseppe.sorrentino@wagner.edu



Maria Mazziotti Gillan is the author of twenty books. Her latest publication is the poetry and art collection, The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets. Maria's official website is at MariaGillan.com.