Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Poetry with Maria Gillan & Friends in Berkeley, California

The Place I Call Home - Poetry with Maria Gillan & Friends
Berkeley City College Auditorium
2050 Center St., Berkeley CA
Tuesday, September 18, 7-9 PM

Maria Mazziotti Gillan’s latest book of poems, The Place I Call Home (NYQ Books: 2012), is her 14th volume of poetry. She has also edited four anthologies of mainly ethnic writings, is the Founder/Executive Director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, NJ, and is currently Professor of Poetry and Creative Writing at Binghamton University, SUNY. In 2008, she won the American Book Award for her poetry volume, All That Lies Between Us.

To help celebrate her latest volume, the Italian American Studies Association, Western Regional Chapter will co-host with Berkeley City College this evening of poetry featuring Gillan reading from her new work (and perhaps some old favorites), and also featuring an array of Italian American poets that will include Sandra Mortola Gilbert, Jennifer Lagier Fellguth, and Giovanna Capone.

Gillan’s new poems, like many of her past ones, recall and revivify her life—her growing up, her parents and their struggles, and her own struggles as daughter, professional woman and mother. With courage and candor she focuses on the most intimate and ordinary details of her experience, past and present, thereby rendering them unique, iconic, and unforgettable.

Join us for what promises to be an exciting evening of poetry with some of the most celebrated Italian American poets writing today.

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, please contact Sharon Coleman at