Celebrate Women’s Month and the opening of The Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series with New Jersey’s beloved Poet, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, on Tuesday, March 5 at 7:00 PM at the Highland Park Public Library, 31 North Fifth Avenue. Also enjoy an Art Reception for her new paintings that will be up through March 2019 in the meeting room. The title of the art exhibit is Women Dressed in Dreams: Paintings and Collages by Maria Mazziotti Gillan.
She is a recipient of the 2014 George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature from AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs), 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.
Maria Gillan is also director of the Creative Writing Program and Professor of Poetry at Binghamton University-SUNY. Maria has published 22 books of and about poetry, and 4 anthologies. Her most recent books are the poetry and photography collaboration with Mark Hillringhouse, Paterson Light and Shadow (Serving House Books, 2017) and the poetry collection, What Blooms in Winter (NYQ, 2016). The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets (Redux Consortium), is a new collection of her poems and accompanying paintings.
“Whereas in my poetry, I try to root my work in the details and specificity of ordinary life, in my art I am not attempting to achieve realistic portrayals of people or birds or flowers. Rather I am trying to capture energy and feeling,” Maria Mazziotti Gillan said. “I am trying to get the essence of the subject down on paper, to convey joy or sadness, exuberance or loss.”