Friday, June 26, 2020

Online Poetry Intensive with Maria Gillan and Laura Boss

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Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Laura Boss have held their weekend poetry retreats for many years, but have had to cancel their weekend intensive for September 2020. Laura and Maria have decided to host a four-hour poetry intensive using the popular online tool Zoom.

This program will take place Saturday, August 1 from 10 AM till 2 PM. Laura and Maria will conduct this session as they do when they live workshops at the retreat house in Mendham. They will each take half the group and then switch groups so that everybody gets a chance to work with both poets and will use the same writing prompts.

The fee for this Zoom workshop is $40. If you’re interested, please make sure you e-mail Smita Desai at and fill out the form linked below and send it with a check payable to Maria Mazziotti Gillan, and mail it to 40 Post Avenue, Hawthorne NJ 07506.

Download registration form and details

Laura Boss is a first-place winner of PSA’s Gordon Barber Poetry Contest. Founder and editor of Lips, she is the recipient of three NJSCA Poetry Fellowships, and in June 2011 received the first International Poetry Award at the International Poetry Festival in Swansea, Wales. Her books include: Reports from the Front (CCC), Arms: New and Selected Poems and Flashlight (both Guernica). She co-edited with John Gallaher, Time Is a Toy:  Selected Poems of Michael Benedikt (University of Akron, 2014).  Her most recent book of poems is The Last Lover (NYQ, 2017). Her poems have appeared in The New York Times. Visit her website:


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 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 starting September 2018, has been appointed a Bartle Professor at Binghamton University—SUNY and Professor Emerita of English and creative writing. She has published 23 books, including What Blooms in Winter (NYQ Books, 2016) and Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets (Cat in the Sun Books, 2014). Visit her website at

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