Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Maria Gillan's Twenty-First Book

NYQ Books will publish Maria Mazziotti Gillan's 21st book, What Blooms in Winter, in October 2016.

This book is a praise song for all that is human and that survives despair, grief and loss. It is one woman’s story of an immigrant girl growing up in the 1950s in Paterson, NJ, and seeing over a distance of so many years all that she was given to carry into her life as a woman—wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, widow, and arts and eco-activist.

These experiences and people have formed Maria into the indomitable woman she is today.

Laced with humor and optimism, this book leads us to believe that flowers that bloom in winter out of hard ground have their own audacious beauty.

What other poets have said about Maria Gillan's poetry:

Marge Piercy: “The power of these poems comes also from the truth in them that is moving and rare.”

Diane di Prima: “These poems...powerful in their honesty, their passion and their grief. They take us deep into the labyrinth of our humanity and—in the face of loss and death—show us the paradox of love in the center of our being.”

Jan Beatty: “Maria Mazziotti Gillan is one of the great poets and one of the great humans of all time. Anyone who has met her has come away changed by her fi re, her electricity, her boundless courage and laughter.... We see the great compassionate heart of this writer and the embrace of the diffi cult through precise, surprising detail.”

Denise Duhamel: “This is a voice that is graceful and purposeful, elegant and humane.”

The book can be pre-ordered on

NYQ Books was established in 2009 as an imprint of The New York Quarterly Foundation, Inc. Its mission is to augment the New York Quarterly poetry magazine by providing an additional venue for poets who are already published in the magazine.

Maria Mazziotti Gillan is the author of twenty books. Her latest publication is the poetry and art collection, The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets. Maria's official website is at

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