Monday, January 14, 2013

Maria Interviewed on Cover to Cover

Maria Gillan spoke with Jack Foley for his Cover to Cover radio program on KPFA about the life of the poet, editor and teacher while she was on her recent West Coast reading tour to promote The Place I Call Home (NYQ Books).

Barbara Stewart wrote in The New York Times that Mazziotti Gillan “is an immensely energetic and devoted doer in the arts, especially poetry. All over Paterson, and in much of New Jersey, she finds poets and pulls them into the readings...[She] was born and grew up in Paterson, moved away and came home. Now she cultivates for others what she loves best.”

“I don't like poems that are solely intellectual exercises,” says Maria. “I think you should write out of your own background and life. Don't neaten it up. What poetry needs is to be un-neatened.”

Her interview will be presented in two parts on January 23 and the 30th on KPFA at 3 pm and these shows will be available in the archive later.