Founded in 1979 by Maria Mazziotti Gillan, the PatersonLiteraryReview began as a mimeographed publication and, in the more than three decades since, it has become one of the most well-respected resources for poetry in the country.
Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College and she has been the executive director of the Center ever since.
The mission of the Poetry Center is to provide poetry events and workshops to a diverse audience and to provide opportunities for poets through offering contests, awards, a journal, anthologies, reference materials, and conferences. It promotes poets and poetry and to bring poetry to a wider and more diverse audience throughout the United States and the world.
Over the years, the Poetry Center has been accorded international recognition for many of its activities including the Distinguished Poets Series, the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards, the Paterson Poetry Prize, the Paterson Fiction Prize, and the Paterson Prize for Books for Young People. The annual Paterson Literary Review, the monthly New Jersey Poetry Calendar and the New Jersey Poetry Resource Book are also published by the Poetry Center.
Besides this blog, please visit Maria Gillan's official site at MariaGillan.com.
Maria's many books are available at Amazon.com.
Her latest publication is the poetry and art collection, The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets.