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Maria Mazziotti Gillan

Author's Bio

Maria Mazziotti Gillan is a recipient 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 the 2008 American Book Award for her book, "All That Lies Between Us" (Guernica Editions). She is the founder/executive director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, NJ, and editor of the "Paterson Literary Review." She is also director of the Binghamton Center for Writers and the creative writing program, and professor of English at Binghamton University-SUNY. She has published 20 books, including "The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets" (Cat in the Sun Books, 2014); "Ancestors’ Song" (Bordighera Press, 2013); "The Silence in an Empty House" (NYQ Books, 2013); "Writing Poetry to Save Your Life: How to Find the Courage to Tell Your Stories" (MiroLand, Guernica Editions, 2013); "The Place I Call Home" (NYQ Books, 2012); and "What We Pass On: Collected Poems 1980-2009" (Guernica Editions, 2010). With her daughter Jennifer, she is co-editor of four anthologies. Visit her website at www.mariagillan.com.

Publications and Prizes

Ancestors’ Song (Bordighera Press, 2013), The Silence in an Empty House (NYQ Books, 2013), Writing Poetry to Save Your Life: How to Find the Courage to Tell Your Stories (Guernica Editions, 2013), The Place I Call Home (NYQ Books, 2012), What We Pass On:Collected Poems 1980-2009 (Guernica Editions, 2010), All That Lies Between Us (Guernica Editions, 2007), Italian Women in Black Dresses (Guernica Editions, 2002), Things My Mother Told Me (Guernica Editions, 1999), Where I Come From (Guernica Editions, 1995), The Weather of Old Seasons (Cross-Cultural Communications, 1987)
Italian American Writers on New Jersey (Rutgers University Press, 2006), Growing Up Ethnic in America (Penguin/Putnam, 1999), Identity Lessons (Penguin/Putnam, 1999), Unsettling America (Viking, 1994)
Borderlands, Connecticut Review, Feminist Studies, Louisiana Review, New Letters, New Myths, Prairie Schooner
2014 George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature from AWP. Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers from Poets & Writers, 2011. American Book Award, "All That Lies Between Us," 2008. For "What We Pass On," Ten Best Books of 2010, Montserrat Review. Named Connecticut Touring Poet in 2009.

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Personal Favorites

Favorite Authors:
Mark Doty, Marie Howe, Sharon Olds, Ruth Stone, Laura Boss, Tony Hoagland, Joe Weil.

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Listing last updated: April 20, 2016

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