Maria Mazziotti Gillan



Maria Mazziotti Gillan
Women in Japanese Robes, 2005
Mixed media on paper, 12” x 9”
Gift of the artist

Maria Mazziotti Gillan is the founder and Executive Director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, New Jersey.  She is also a professor and Director of the Creative Writing Program at the State University of New York at Binghamton.  Gillan has published eight books of poetry, including Where I Come From (1995), Things My Mother Told Me (Guernica Editions, 1998), and Italian Women in Black Dresses (Guernica, 2002).  She is co-editor with her daughter Jennifer of three anthologies published by Penguin/Putnam: Unsettling America, Identity Lessons, and Growing up Ethnic in America.  Also, she has co-edited with her daughter Jennifer Gillan and Edvige Giunta, Italian American Writers on New Jersey (Rutgers University Press).  She is the editor of the award-winning Paterson Literary Review. 

In recent years, Maria Gillan has returned to painting and collage.   Her work was exhibited in a one person show, “Through One Woman’s Eyes,” at North light Books and Café in Cotati, California.