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MARIA MAZZIOTTI GILLAN

Professor, English Department
Director of the Creative Writing Program and The Binghamton Center for Writers

MA, New York University, 1963
tel.: 607-777-6134
fax.: 607-777-2408 
e-mail: mgillan@binghamton.edu

About

Maria Mazziotti Gillan is a recipient of 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 director of the Binghamton Center for Writers and the creative writing program, and professor of poetry at Binghamton University-SUNY. She is also the founder /executive director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, NJ, and editor of the Paterson Literary Review. She has published 18 books, including: What We Pass On: Collected Poems 1980-2009 (Guernica Editions, 2010), The Place I Call Home (NYQ Books, 2012), The Silence in an Empty House (NYQ Books, 2013), Ancestors’ Song (Bordighera Press, 2013), and Writing Poetry to Save Your Life: How to Find the Courage to Tell Your Stories (MiroLand, Guernica, 2013). With her daughter Jennifer, she is co-editor of four anthologies. Visit her website at www.mariagillan.com.

Areas of Interest

Poetry
Multicultural Literature
Contemporary Women Poets
Working Class Literature
Narrative Poetry
Modern American Literature

Books and Recent Articles

The Silence in an Empty House

The Silence in an Empty House (NYQ Books 2013)
Ancestor's Song (Bordighera Press 2013)
Writing Poetry to Save Your Life:  How to Find the Courage to Tell Your Stories (Toronto, Canada:  MiroLand Publishers/Guernica, forthcoming April 30, 2013)
The Place I Call Home (New York, NY:  NYQ Books 2012)
"All That Lies Between Us"  A Documentary on the Life and Work of Maria Mazziotti Gillan (Written, Directed and Produced by Kevin Carey and Mark Hillringhouse, Original Music by Bob Evans, KCMH 2012)
What We Pass On:  Collected Poems 1980 – 2009 (Toronto, Canada:  Guernica Editions 2010)
Nightwatch, Poems by Maria Mazziotti and Aeronwy Thomas, (Swansea, Wales:  The Seventh Quarry Press 2010)
Moments in the Past That Shine, (Roseville, Michigan: The Ridgeway Press 2010)
All That Lies Between Us (Toronto, Canada: Guernica Editions, 2007) Ancestor's Song
Talismans/ Talismani, Italian/ English, translated and with an introduction by Elisabetta Marino (Italy: Ibiskos di A. Uliveri, 2006)
Maria Mazziotti Gillan: Greatest Hits 1972-2002 (Johnstown, Ohio: Pudding House Publications, 2003) 
Italian American Writers on New Jersey: An Anthology of Poetry and Prose, editor (Rutgers University Press, 2003)
Italian Women in Black Dresses (Toronto, Canada: Guernica Editions, 2002, 2003, 2004)
Things My Mother Told Me (Toronto, Canada: Guernica Editions, 1999)
Growing Up Ethnic in America: Contemporary Prose About Learning to be American, edited with Jennifer Gillan (New York: Penguin/Putnam, 1999)
Where I Come From: Selected and New Poems (Toronto, Canada: Guernica Editions, 1995, 1997)
Identity Lessons: Contemporary Writing About Learning to be American, edited with Jennifer Gillan (New York: Penguin/Putnam, 1994)
Unsettling America: An Anthology of Contemporary Multicultural Poetry, edited with Jennifer Gillan (New York: Penguin/Putnam, 1994)
Taking Back My Name, (San Franciso, CA:  Malafemmina Press, 1990; Lincoln Spring Press, 1991, repeated printings)
The Weather of Old Seasons (New York: Cross-Cultural Communications, 1987)
Luce D'Inverno, bilingual edition, (New York and Sicity: Cross-Cultural Communications, 1987) 
Winter Light (Midland Park, NJ: Chantry Press, 1985)
Flowers From the Tree of Night (Midland Park, NJ: Chantry Press, 1980)

Recent Courses Taught

Graduate Poetry Workshop
Advanced Undergraduate Poetry Workshop
The Poetry of Memory and Place

Awards

Writing Poetry to Save Your Life:  How to Find the Courage to Tell Your Stories Writing Poetry to Save Your Life: How to Find the Courage to Tell Your Stories (Toronto, Canada:  Miroland/Guernica Editions, April 30, 2013) was chosen as one of the April Exemplars for National Poetry Month in The Washington Independent Review of Books.
2011 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers
2008 American Book Award for All That Lies Between Us (Toronto, Canada:  Guernica Editions 2007)
2008 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Endeavors
The 2008 Sheila Motton Award for All That Lies Between Us
Primo Nazionale Belmoro 2007
Talismani/Talismans awarded second prize in poetry in PREMIO NAZIONALE BELMORO 2007 (Italy)
Named Honorary Citizen of San Mauro Cilento, Italy in recognition of contributions to literature, July 2006
Governor's Award in Recognition of Community Literary Achievements, April 11, 2006
Author Award, New Jersey Academic Studies Alliance, October 2004, for Italian American Writers on New Jersey (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2003)
Aniello Lauri Award from Voice in Italian American, December 2002
First Annual John Fante and Pietro di Donato Award from Sons of Italy in America, 2002
Greatest Hits Chapbook Award, Pudding House Publishers, 2002
Firman Houghton Poetry Award, Poetry Club of New England, December, 2001
New York Public Library's Year 2000 Books List, Identity Lessons: Contemporary Writing About Learning to Be American, March 2000
Italian Women In Black Dresses, Honorable Mention, 2000
National Poetry Book Award from Salmon Run Press.
Things My Mother Told Me, Editor's Choice, Small Press Review, November- December, 1999
Growing Up Ethnic In America, Editor's Choice, Booklist, American Library Association, 1999.
Unsettling America: An Anthology of Contemporary Multicultural Poetry was designated as an "Outstanding Book for the College Bound and Lifelong Learners" by YALSA/American Library Association for 1999.
The May Sarton Award, New England Poetry Club, 1998
National Public Radio's "Poet and the Poem" Award for Literary Excellence, 1998
Geraldine R. Doge Foundation Fellowship, Virginia Center for the Arts, Sweet Briar, VA, 1998
PEN Syndicated Fiction Competition Semifinalist, 1994
New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowships in Poetry, 1985 and 1980
The American Literary Translators Association Award through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, 1987
Winner of the 1st Annual Dare to Imagine Award from Very Special Arts

Last Updated: 7/25/14