Friday, February 13, 2015

Allen Ginsberg still inspires poets in awards made in his name

Allen Ginsberg and Maria Mazziotti Gillan

"Allen Ginsberg still inspires at Paterson poetry event" via - on the recent reading by winners in the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards at the Poetry Center at PCCC.

Ginsberg, a prominent voice of the so-called Beat Generation, was raised in Paterson and graduated from the city’s Eastside High School.

Maria Mazziotti Gillan, executive director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College, started the poetry awards in 1976 and named them for Ginsberg in the late 1980s.

“I wanted to honor Ginsberg’s contribution to American literature,” said Gillan, herself a native Patersonian and a poet of renown.

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