I’ve written before about Maria Mazziotti Gillan, who’s one of my favorite poets — and favorite people. Maria, who has read several times at the annual Delaware Valley Poetry Festival, writes provocative, emotional, touching poems which address simple, basic issues — love, friendship, aging, illness, ethnicity — in spare, simple, powerful language that elevates, invigorates and inspires listeners and readers.
Maria runs the master’s program in creative writing at SUNY-Binghamton. She’s founding editor of the Paterson Literary Review. She’s mentored and encouraged dozens and dozens of New Jersey poets. I could go on and on, and just might, except it might be best to let you hear it for yourself.
Here’s a link to a recent video of a recent reading by Maria:
Here’s a YouTube video of Maria reading three of her poems:
And here’s a list of dates, times and locations for a series of readings Maria is giving during October in Connecticut.
10/19/09: Southern Connecticut State University, 501 Crescent Street, New Haven, Ct., 7 pm.
10/20: Middlesex Community College, 100 Training Hill Rd. Middletown, Ct. 12:30 pm.
10/21: Central Connecticut State University, 1615 Stanley St. New Britain, Ct. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
10/21: Manchester Community College, 161 Hillstown Rd. Manchester, Ct. 8 pm.
10/22: University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford, Ct. 12:15 pm.
10/28: St, Joseph’s College, 1678 Asylum Ave, West Hartford, Ct. 7:30 pm.
10/29 Wesleyan University, 229 High St, Middletown, Ct. 8 pm.
If you live anywhere near the Nutmeg State, try, try, try really hard to attend on her appearances. You will leave feeling better about life than you felt before you heard Maria’s beautiful, powerful and stirring poems.