The heartfelt work of poet Maria Mazziotti Gillan is deeply rooted in her childhood memories of Paterson, New Jersey. She grew up in an Italian immigrant neighborhood, learning English only after starting school. Maria is one of the New Jersey poets featured in the 2018 Dodge Poetry Festival, the largest poetry event in North America (October 18-21).
The author of over 20 books by and about poetry, Maria Mazziotti Gillan is also the founder and executive director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College, editor of the Paterson Literary Review, and director of the Creative Writing Program and Professor of Poetry at Binghamton University-SUNY. Her most recent books are “Paterson Light and Shadow,” a collaboration with photographer Mark Hillringhouse, and the poetry collection, “What Blooms in Winter.” Maria received the 2008 American Book Award for her poetry collection “All That Lies Between Us.”
Produced by Susan Wallner; Narrated by Dan Gordon; Videography by Joe Conlon.