Sunday, November 26, 2017

A Celebration of 'Paterson Light and Shadow' in Paterson

A book party, including a poetry reading by Maria Mazziotti Gillan, a photography exhibit by Mark Hillringhouse, and a book signing for Paterson Light and Shadow (Serving House Books, 2017) will take place on Thursday, November 30 from 3 to 5 pm. The book will be available for sale at the event and is available online.

The party will take place at the historic Hamilton Club Building, 32 Church St. in Paterson. Parking at the PCCC lot on College Blvd., between Memorial Dr. and Church St.

Paterson Light and Shadow tells stories about Paterson in poetry by Maria Mazziotti Gillan and the photography of Mark Hillringhouse.

The event will include a poetry reading, photography exhibit and book signing. The book will be available for sale, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Passaic County Community College Foundation. The event is free and open to the public, but donations to the Foundation are welcome. To reserve your seat, please RSVP to Caroline Lederer, PCCC Foundation Events Coordinator at or (973) 684-5300.

Maria Mazziotti Gillan at the Great Falls in Paterson  (Photo by Mark Hillringhouse)
Maria Mazziotti Gillan is a recipient of the 2014 George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature from the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP), 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 Binghamton Center for Writers and the creative writing program, and professor of English at Binghamton University-SUNY. She has published 22 books, including most recently Paterson Light and Shadow (Serving House Books, 2017); What Blooms in Winter (NYQ Books, 2016) and a collection of her poetry and artwork, The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets (Cat in the Sun Books, 2014). Visit her website at           

Mark Hillringhouse (Photo by Chris Lovi)
Mark Hillringhouse is a published poet, essayist, and photographer whose works have been widely exhibited in area galleries. His photography and writing have been published in The American Poetry Review, The Literary Review, The New York Times, The New Jersey Monthly, The Paris Review, and in many other journals, books, anthologies and magazines. He was the founding editor of The American Book Review, and a contributing editor for The New York Arts Journal. Thrice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and a three-time recipient of a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship, he has won the National Parks 2012 Calendar photography contest and the Soho Arthouse Gallery’s “Captured! A Moment in Time” exhibition First Place award. His film documentary with collaborator Kevin Carey on the life of Paterson poet, Maria Gillan, titled All That Lies Between Us, was released on DVD. His book of poems and photographs titled Between Frames, and his most recent collaboration with Gillan, Paterson Light and Shadow, were both published by Serving House Books. His photography website is at and also on Facebook at

The Hamilton Club Building is wheelchair accessible; large print materials and FM assistive listening devices available on request.