Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Martin Farawell and Maria Gillan to Read in Montclair April 2

On Thursday, April 2, MARTIN FARAWELL and MARIA MAZZIOTTI GILLAN will be the featured readers in the Montclair Monthly Poetry Series.

Martin Farawell was named Director of the Dodge Poetry Program in January 2009. Since 1998, as Festival Assistant, Festival Coordinator and then Associate Director, he worked behind the scenes on every phase of planning, designing and producing the Dodge Poetry Festival and Poetry in the Schools Program. Martin received his master’s degree in creative writing from New York University, and a bachelor’s degree from Montclair State University.

His poems have appeared widely in literary journals and anthologies, and his plays have been produced in regional, university, off-off-Broadway and community theaters from South Africa to Washington State. Martin has more than two decades of hands-on experience in all aspects of theatrical production and inaugurated poetry reading series at the Pike Street Arts Center and New York University. He taught composition, creative writing, poetry and literature for ten years on the secondary school and college levels, and is an experienced visiting artist-in-the-schools.

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, 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 in Paterson, NJ, and editor of the Paterson Literary Review. She is also Director of the Creative Writing Program and Professor of Poetry at Binghamton University-SUNY.

Maria has published 20 books. Recent publications are Ancestors' Song, Writing Poetry to Save Your Life: How to Find the Courage to Tell Your Stories and the bi-lingual poetry collection, In a Place of Flowers & Light (poems in English & Italian). Her latest publication is the poetry and art collection, The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets.

The Series is held at the Montclair Public Library (Auditorium), 50 South Fullerton Ave., Montclair.

The reading will begin at 7 pm and is free. An open reading will follow the featured readers.

Information: Library, 973-744-0500 or Laura Boss

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