The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College was established in 1980 by Maria Mazziotti Gillan, a Paterson native and award-winning poet who has been the executive director of the Center since its beginning.
The mission of the Poetry Center is to provide poetry events and workshops to a diverse audience and to provide opportunities for poets through offering contests, awards, a journal, anthologies, reference materials, and conferences. It’s mission is to promote poets and poetry and to bring poetry to a wider and more diverse audience throughout the United States and the world.
Over the years, the Poetry Center has been accorded international recognition for many of its activities including the Distinguished Poets Series, the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards, the Paterson Poetry Prize, the Paterson Fiction Prize, and the Paterson Prize for Books for Young People. The annual Paterson Literary Review, the monthly New Jersey Poetry Calendar and the New Jersey Poetry Resource Book are also published by the Poetry Center.
Maria Mazziotti Gillan
The Poetry Center is part of the Cultural Affairs Department of Passaic County Community College and is located in The Hamilton Club Building at 32 Church Street in Paterson. The Poetry Center strives to maintain a barrier-free facility including complete access for patrons using wheelchairs, large print materials, and FM listening systems. Please call 973-684-6555 for availability.
Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Executive Director
By Mail: Poetry Center
Passaic County Community College
One College Boulevard
Paterson, NJ 07505-1179