Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Maria Mazziotti Gillan: Stories About Her Mother

Joe and Paula McHugh are a husband and wife team who believe strongly in the power of stories and their American Stories website is a celebration of American family stories  
They asked Maria Mazziotti Gillan to contribute two stories to their pandemic story-a-day mini-project.

Maria's stories are about her Italian-born mother and Maria's childhood in Paterson, New Jersey where she still works as the director of the Poetry Center at PCCC

Joe McHugh also knows Paterson because it is the city where he did most of his growing up. Paterson was and continues to be a community of immigrants - a place people come to hoping to improve their lives in this experiment we call America.

Listen to Maria's stories: about her mother's "E.S.P" and her mother wanting to go back to school, self-learning, her granddaughter's yearbook and America

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 artist's website is MariaMazziottiGillan.com and her poetry website is MariaGillan.com.

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