Friday, February 24, 2012

Poetry Reading for Winners of 2011 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards

The winners of 2011 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards will read their winning poems at a poetry reading and award ceremony on Saturday, March 10, 2012, at the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College.  This free program, hosted by Exectuive Director Maria Mazziotti Gillan, will take place at 1:00 PM in the historic Hamilton Club Building of Passaic County Community College, 32 Church Street, corner of Ellison, downtown Paterson.

The readers include:  First prize— Christopher Bursk, Langhorne, PA, “Adam – Albrecht Durer – 1507” and Charlotte Muse, Menlo Park, CA, “My Father’s Violin.” Second prize—Mark Hillringhouse, Englewood, NJ, “Orpheus” and Sander Zulauf,  Andover, NJ, “Coming Home from My Forty-fifth High School Reunion.”  Third Prize—Antoinette Libro, Sea Isle City, NJ, “Curtains for Mother.”

Honorable Mention recipients, also  joining the program, include :  Svea Barrett, Fair Lawn, NJ, “Deconstruction;” Anthony Buccino, Nutley, NJ, “Jersey Geese;” Mary Crosby, Ringwood, NJ, “The Ramapoughs;” Gail Fishman Gerwin, Morristown, NJ, “Dear Mama;” James D. Gwyn, Clifton, NJ, “Backstage;” Carrie McLeod Howson, West Orange, NJ, “What Do Poets Do?”; Josh Humphrey, Kearny, NJ, “Give Me;” Bruce Lowry, Summit, NJ, “Leftover Fries;” Shahé Mankerian, Sherman Oaks, CA, “Thank God for Judas;” Lynne McEniry, Morristown, NJ, “Sunday Sauce;” Colleen Michaels, Beverly, MA, “Blueberry Donuts;” Carolina Morales, Trenton, NJ, “Clean;” F.L. Niccoletti, West Orange, NJ, “The ‘59 Impala;” Barry W. North, Hahnville, LA, “Sunday Mornings;” Diane Pohl, Morris Plains, NJ, “When you were 9;” Nicole Santalucia, Binghamton, NY, “Looking for Lima Beans;” Mina Seckin, Brooklyn, NY, “The Seventeenth Year;” Laura Shovan, Ellicott City, MD, “Honor Roll.”

The Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards, honoring Allen Ginsberg’s contributions to American Literature, are given annually to poets, both established and emerging. Poems are judged anonymously with first prize winning $1,000, second prize, $200, and third prize, $100.  Winning poems and honorable mentions are published in the following year’s issue of the Paterson Literary Review. Winners are asked to participate in a reading and award ceremony that takes place at the Poetry Center. The deadline for 2012 entries is April 1.   For further information, contact Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Executive Director, The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College, at (973) 684-6555, or visit

The Poetry Center strives to maintain a barrier-free facility including complete access for patrons using wheelchairs.  Large print materials, FM listening systems, audio publications and Braille transcriptions are available on request. 

The Poetry Center was named a Distinguished Arts Project and awarded several Citations of Excellence, and is funded, 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, and by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.