State of the Arts NJ recorded poet Maria Gillan at her home in Hawthorne, New Jersey. Her interview will be broadcast on NJN Saturday, October 6 at 7:30 pm.
The heartfelt work of poet Maria Mazziotti Gillan is deeply rooted in her childhood memories of Paterson, New Jersey. She grew up in an Italian immigrant neighborhood, learning English only after starting school.
Maria is one of the New Jersey poets featured in the 2018 Dodge Poetry Festival, the largest poetry event in North America (October 18-21).
The author of over 20 books by and about poetry, Maria is also the founder and executive director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College, editor of the Paterson Literary Review, and director of the Creative Writing Program and Professor of Poetry at Binghamton University-SUNY.
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.
Produced by Susan Wallner; Narrated by Dan Gordon; Videography by Joe Conlon.