Sunday, June 12, 2016

Maria Mazziotti Gillan in Italy




Maria Mazziotti Gillan attended an international literary conference in May, RE-MAPPING ITALIAN AMERICA. PLACES, CULTURES, IDENTITIES at the Università degli Studi Roma Tre in Rome, Italy. It was sponsored by the Dipartimento di Lingue, Letterature e Culture Straniere.

A session was devoted to "A Conversation with Maria Mazziotti Gillan chaired by Cristina Giorcelli (Università Roma Tre).

Elisabetta Marino (Università di Roma Tor Vergata) conduct a live interview with Maria and presented a paper on Gillan's work.

Maria gave a reading of her poetry and featured her latest publication, the poetry and art collection The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets.  



         MAGGIO FESTA DEI LAVORATORI                           MAY WORKER'S DAY

Le immagino camminar giù per rocciosi sentieri
verso di me, forti, donne italiane che tornano
al tramonto da campi dov’ han lavorato tutto un giorno
in poderi fatti a forma di gradini su per fianchi
scoscesi di montagne,
donne aggrazziate che portan acqua
in brocche di terracotta sul lor capo
"I imagine the other one strolling down rocky trails
towards me, strong, Italian women returning
at sunset from fields where they worked a whole day
on farms made of steps in the steep mountain

graceful women carrying water
in earthenware jugs on their head










Maria Mazziotti Gillan is the author of twenty books. Maria's official website is at MariaGillan.com.