Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Readings for Bridges: Poetry by Mature Adults of Northern New Jersey

Cover photo from the anthology
"Whitestone Bridge" by Mark Hillringhouse
Thanks to a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College, a series of poetry-writing workshops were held for senior citizens in the Passaic County communities of West Milford, Wanaque, Woodland Park, and Paterson.

Participants met professional poets, discussed inspiration and technique, and submitted their own poetry to an anthology of senior poetry.

To celebrate the publication of Bridges: Poetry by Mature Adults of Northern New Jersey two readings were held.

The first reading was held May 5th at the Hamilton Club at Passaic County Community College located in Paterson, NJ. The distinguished guest poet who will read some of his own poetry is Afaa Michael Weaver, who has been a Pew Fellow of poetry, taught in National Taiwan University and Taipei National University of the Arts in Taiwan as a Fulbright Scholar and currently teaches at Simmons College.

The second reading was held on May 10th at the Wanaque Campus and featured the distinguished guest poet, Vivian Shipley, Pulitzer Prize nominee and professor at Southern Connecticut State University.

The Bridges anthology was edited by Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Susan Amsterdam.