Thursday, October 31, 2019

Maria Mazziotti Reading at Seton Hall University

On September 24, 2019, the Charles and Joan Alberto Italian Studies Institute at Seton Hall University present a reading by poet Maria Mazziotti Gillan.

Gillan attended Seton Hall University and New York University graduating with an M.A. in Literature and then received her Ph.D. from Drew University.

Maria's papers have been archived in Seton Hall's digital preservation system. The Gillan papers are among the first to be hosted at the university and made available to researchers using this system. This collection dates from 1985 to 2013 and documents the activities of poet and program director 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.

Also reading at this event was translator Carla Francellini who has written extensively on Gillan's poetry and presented a current paper about Gillan's poetry.

Professor Francellini teaches Anglo-American literature at the University of Rome and at the University of Siena where she also teaches in the Editing and Literary Translation Master’s Program.

Professor Francellini was a guest of Maria
on this visit to the United States.
While she is in the U.S., Professor Francellini will also be working in the Monsignor William Noe Field Archives, researching using Gillan’s collection at the University which includes physical papers and archives of Maria's blog and website.

This Italian Scholarship Event for the Alberto Italian Studies Institute was established in 2003 to coordinate Seton Hall University's many activities relating to Italian American history and culture, to sponsor cultural events, and to promote curriculum development and community outreach.

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 Maria's poetry website is

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