Friday, September 20, 2019

The Maria Gillan Papers at Seton Hall University

Researchers may now visit Seton Hall University to consult the Maria Mazziotti Gillan papers held there. 

Our finding aid to these materials can be found here: At library.shu.edu you can see the collection description and navigate through specific folders. Note that the last two items in the container list are this blog and her official website.

The archive uses Seton Hall's digital preservation system (Preservica). The Gillan websites are among the first to be hosted at the university and made available to researchers using this system.

The Maria Mazziotti Gillan collection dates from 1985 to 2013 and documents the activities of poet and program director Maria Mazziotti Gillan as a professor, program director, editor, and writer of numerous publications and colleges. The collection comprises correspondence, photographs, newsletters, newspaper clippings, and magazines. This collection will prove valuable for researchers interested in the work of Italian American women in literature.

Maria Mazziotti Gillan (1940-present) is a famous poet of the 21st century. She has won numerous awards for her writings, 2011 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award, as well as her involvement in the community, 2014 George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature from the Association of Writers & Writing Programs.

Gillan was born in 1940 to her Italian immigrant working-class parents and grew up in Paterson, NJ. She attended Paterson public schools and graduated from Eastside High School, a place where she began writing poems as a young teenager. Gillan attended Seton Hall University and New York University graduating with an M.A. in Literature and graduated Drew University with a Ph.D.

Gillan discovered her love of teaching when she obtained a teaching position at Caldwell College but left to raise her two children. At the age of 40, Gillan published her first book that would become one of twenty and win her numerous awards such as the 2008 American Book Award for All That Lies Between Us. Gillan is also the co-editor of four anthologies and editor of the Paterson Literary Review.

In 1980 after securing a grant from the State Council on the Arts, Gillan gave poetry in Paterson a home and opened the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College. Although there were doubts about the Center in its location, the establishment flourished presenting notable people, such as Allen Ginsberg, Amiri Baraka, and Stanley Kunitz.

Today Gillan lives in Hawthorne, NJ. She has taught poetry at Binghamton University-SUNY, where she was the director of the creative writing program. She continues to serve as director of the Poetry Center, and the Passaic County Cultural and Heritage Council.

Gillan has taken up painting and has added some images into her poetry books. She has no plans to retire but plans to keep writing and traveling.

This collection is part of The Monsignor Field Archives & Special Collection Center Repository.   https://library.shu.edu/archives
Contact:
Archives, Walsh Library
400 South Orange Ave
South Orange NJ 07079 USA
973-761-9476
email: archives@shu.edu

Monday, September 16, 2019

Maria Gillan Reading at Seton Hall University September 24

The Charles and Joan Alberto Italian Studies Institute at Seton Hall University is pleased to present The Italian Studies Award Ceremony honoring the 2019 Scholarship Awards Winners and Benefactors. The event will feature a poetry reading by poet Maria Mazziotti Gillan and translator Carla Francellini.

Maria Mazziotti Gillan is the winner of the 2014 George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature from 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. She is the Founder/Executive Director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College, editor of the Paterson Literary Review, and director of the creative writing program/professor of English at Binghamton University-SUNY.

Tuesday, September 24, 2018 @ 6:00 PM
Theatre-in-the-Round (University Center)
Co-sponsored by Seton Hall University Libraries

RSVP: Barbara Ritchie — 973-275-2967 | barbara.ritchie@shu.edu  



Maria Mazziotti Gillan's most recent books are the poetry and photography collection, Paterson Light and Shadow  and the poetry collection, What Blooms in Winter. Her collection of poems paired with some of her paintings is The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets. Her new artist website is at MariaMazziottiGillan.com. Maria's poetry website is MariaGillan.com.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Distinguished Poets Series at the Potery Center in Paterson Open New Season


The Poetry Center at PCCC launches its 2019-2020  Distinguished Poets Series on Saturday, October 5, 2019.

2020 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Poetry Center which is located on the campus of Passaic County Community College in Paterson, New Jersey.



Information on these and all readings at the Center and poet biographies are on poetrycenterpccc.com/readings. A downloadable brochure is also available there.

For information about the workshops offered by these poets on the mornings of their readings and a printable registration form, go to poetrycenterpccc.com/workshops

The Distinguished Poets Series readings are held on Saturdays at 1 pm on the dates listed at the Poetry Center located at 32 Church Street, Paterson, NJ. All readings are free and open to the public. Open readings follow the featured readers when time allows.


The first reading in the series features poets Molly Peacock and Rachel Wiley.

Molly Peacock is the author of seven books of poetry, including The Analyst and Cornucopia: New and Selected Poems from W.W. Norton.

Rachel Wiley is a queer, biracial poet, performer, feminist, and fat liberationist from Columbus, Ohio. Her poetry collection, Nothing is Okay, was published in 2018 by Button Poetry and spent time as Amazon’s #1 Gay & Lesbian Poetry Collection, and a full-length collection of poems, Fat Girl Finishing School, was published by Timber Mouse Press.

Workshops with Molly Peacock or Rachel Wiley are at 10 am - 12 pm.


     



Maria Mazziotti Gillan's most recent books are the poetry and photography collection, Paterson Light and Shadow  and the poetry collection, What Blooms in Winter. Her collection of poems paired with some of her paintings is The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets. Her new artist's website is at MariaMazziottiGillan.com. Maria's poetry website is MariaGillan.com.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Interview with Maria Gillan on the Italian Diaspora Studies Writing Seminar 2019

In the video below, Mark Hillringhouse interviews Maria Gillan in Albidona, Calabria, Italy in May 2019.  This was during the program "Italian Diaspora Studies Writing Seminar - Heritage and Memory."

The program was launched by the Association "Italian Diaspora Studies, directed by Professor Margherita Ganeri, in conjunction with the University of Calabria and with the support of the US Consulate Naples.





Maria Mazziotti Gillan's most recent books are the poetry and photography collection, Paterson Light and Shadow  and the poetry collection, What Blooms in Winter. Her collection of poems paired with some of her paintings is The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets. Her new artist website is at MariaMazziottiGillan.com. Maria's poetry website is MariaGillan.com.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Poem: "After School on Ordinary Days"

Another school year has begun in New Jersey. Here is a poem by Maria Gillan about her own after-school hours in Paterson.

Maria's Paterson School #15 is now School #11 home of the Newcomers Program
intended to prepare newcomers to transition into the American school system.


After School on Ordinary Days

After school on ordinary days we listened
to The Shadow and The Lone Ranger
as we gathered around the tabletop radio
that was always kept on the china cabinet
built into the wall in that tenement kitchen,
a china cabinet that held no china, except
thick and white and utilitarian,
cups and saucers, poor people's cups
from the 5 &1 0 cent store.
My mother was always home
from Ferraro's coat factory
by the time we walked in the door
after school on ordinary days,
and she'd give us milk with Bosco in it
and cookies she'd made that weekend.
The three of us would crowd around the radio,
listening to the voices that brought a wider world
into our Paterson apartment. Later
we'd have supper at the kitchen table,
the house loud with our arguments
and laughter. After supper on ordinary
days, our homework finished, we’d play
Monopoly or gin rummy, the kitchen
warmed by the huge coal stove, the wind
outside rattling the old loose windows,
we inside, tucked in, warm and together,
on ordinary days that we didn't know
until we looked back across a distance
of forty years would glow and shimmer
in memory's flickering light.


"After School on Ordinary Days" from Light-Gathering Poems edited by Liz Rosenberg





Maria Mazziotti Gillan's most recent books are the poetry and photography collection, Paterson Light and Shadow  and the poetry collection, What Blooms in Winter . Her collection of poems along with some of her paintings is The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets . Maria's official website is MariaGillan.com.