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Maria Gillan


English, General Literature and Rhetoric


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.


  • BA, Seton Hall University
  • MA, New York University

Research Interests

  • contemporary and modern poetry
  • multicultural literature
  • narrative poetry
  • Contemporary Women Poets
  • Working Class Literature
  • Modern American Literature
  • Poetry


  • 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
  • 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

Research Profile

Last Updated: 3/8/18