Thursday, May 23, 2013

Update: Maria Mazziotti Gillan

(back row, from left), poets Stephanie Cawley, Charles Johnson
and Language Arts teacher Bob Evans, poet Kevin Carey
and featured poet Maria Mazziotti Gillan.
Photo/Mark Hillringhouse
Dear friends and fans of Maria Gillan,

Mark Hillringhouse snapped this picture on Friday morning, May 10, minutes before Maria's first poetry workshop at a Cumberland County high school.

As Maria was walking down the hall with her student escort on route to the classroom, she passed out and hit the floor hard.

Because of the fall, Maria broke her shoulder and bruised her face (it is still the color of an eggplant) and spent four days in a Cumberland County hospital before heading north to a rehab facility.

She is doing hours of physical therapy each day, so she can get strong and get back to doing what she loves to do most--write and read poetry.

Thank you for the outpouring of love and get well wishes for Maria, which is sure to heal her in short order. Please leave any other messages for Maria here and keep her in your prayers.

Peace & Poetry,

Susan Balik