Friday, April 11, 2014

Maria Gillan and Laura Boss Featured at Fanwood Reading

The Carriage House Poetry Series is in its 16th year at the Kuran Arts Center, an historic Gothic Revival structure that was once a 19th century carriage house. The Carriage House Poetry Series invites the public to attend a poetry reading by Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Laura Boss on Tuesday, April 15.

The free performance will begin promptly at 8 p.m.. in the Kuran Arts Center on Watson Road, off North Martine Avenue, adjacent to Fanwood Borough Hall. (GPS use 75 N. Martine Avenue). An open mic reading will follow the featured performance.

Maria Mazziotti Gillan is a recipient of the 2014 George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature from AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs), the 2011 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers and the 2008 American Book Award for her book, All That Lies Between Us (Guernica Editions).

She is the Founder /Executive Director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, NJ, and editor of the Paterson Literary Review.

She is also Director of the Creative Writing Program and Professor of Poetry at Binghamton University-SUNY.

She has published 18 books, and her most recent are Ancestors' Song (Bordighera Press), The Place I Call Home (NYQ Books) and Writing Poetry to Save Your Life: How to Find the Courage to Tell Your Stories (MiroLand, Guernica).

Woodbridge native Laura Boss is a first prize winner in the Poetry Society of America’s Gordon Barber Poetry Contest and a recipient of three fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. She has read at many venues in Europe and the United States, including the Dylan Thomas Centre in Wales, the International Struga Poetry Readings in Yugoslavia, the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C., the United Nations, Princeton University and the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival.

Boss is a long-time Dodge Poet-in-the-Schools and the author of several books of poetry, including “Arms: New and Selected Poems” (1999) and her newest, “Flashlight” (Guernica Editions). As a visiting artist and mentor to young poets, she has been a familiar figure on the Northeast poetry scene for decades. Boss has been on National Public Radio and her poems have been in the New York Times and other noted publications. Founder of LIPS magazine in 1981, she continues to edit and publish the biannual poetry journal.

Maria's Official Site is at and her books are available at Her latest publication is the poetry collection,  Ancestors' Song .