Binghamton University English Prof. Maria Mazziotti Gillan received the 2014 George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature from the Association of Writers and Writing Programs.
Gillan, who has promoted literature for nearly 35 years, is also the founder and director of the Binghamton Center for Writers and the director of the creative writing program.
She has published 18 books and co-edited four anthologies with her daughter, Jennifer. Gillan is also the founder/executive director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, NJ, and the editor of the Paterson Literary Review.
In her acceptance speech, Gillan thanked those teachers “who read poetry aloud in English in those dusty classrooms at PS18 in Paterson, NJ, those teachers who first introduced me to the music of the language and made me love literature.”
Maria's Official Site is at MariaGillan.com and her books are available at Amazon.com Her latest publication is the poetry collection, Ancestors' Song