The Montclair Monthly Poetry Series Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Martin Jude Farawell Reading
The Montclair Monthly Poetry Series is presenting a reading by Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Martin Jude Farawell on Thursday, April 2, 2015. This free event is at 7 p.m. at the Montclair Public Library (auditorium), 50 South Fullerton Ave., Montclair, NJ. An open reading follows the featured readers.
Maria Mazziotti Gillan is a recipient of the 2014 George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature from the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (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.
Poet and playwright Martin Jude Farawell is the author of a chapbook “Genesis: A Sequence of Poems.” His work has appeared in the Cortland Review, LIPS, Literary Review, Paterson Review, Poetry East, Southern Review, Tiferet and many other journals, and in a number of anthologies, including Outsiders from Milkweed Editions. His plays have been performed off-off-Broadway and by regional, college, community and international theaters from South Africa to Los Angeles. He has given readings and talks at such venues as the Seattle Poetry Festival, Seattle Slam, Pike Street Arts Center, The Knitting Factory, The Back Fence, AWP, Carriage House Poetry Series, New York University, The New School, Ó bheal in Cork, Ireland, and in bookstores, coffee houses and community colleges. A graduate of New York University’s Creative Writing Program, he has been the recipient of a writing fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and a frequent Pushcart Prize nominee. He directs the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival and Poetry Program.