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Great Plains Writers Tour Presents Poet Maria Mazziotti Gillan


Published Date11\13\2013
Mount Marty College will soon host the next Great Plains Writers' Tour. On Tuesday, November 19th at 7:00 pm in Marian Auditorium a reading and book signing by Maria Mazziotti Gillan will be held.

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 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 Creative Writing Program and Professor of Poetry at Binghamton University-SUNY.

Gillan has published 16 books and her most recent are "The Place I Call Home" (NYQ Books, 2012) and "Writing Poetry to Save Your Life: How to Find the Courage to Tell Your Stories" (MiroLand, Guernica, 2013). She has two books of poetry forthcoming in fall 2013 entitled, "The Silence in an Empty House" (NYQ Books) and "Ancestor's Song" (Bordighera Press).

This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact the Director of the Great Plains Writers' Tour, Jim Reese, at 605-668-1362 or james.reese@mtmc.edu.

Gillan will also present WRITERS' WORKSHOP: the Poet within, the Poetry of Memory and Place on Wednesday, November 20 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. in Scholastica Learning Center (SLC) 108. This workshop helps to discover the stories we have to tell and the words to tell them. It is based on the belief that when we find the courage to explore our memories, we find the source for powerful evocative writing. Using our daily lives and our varied experiences, we unearth our stories and discover how the places in which we find ourselves affect the way we experience the world. The workshop requires participants to be honest and specific. Please bring paper, a pen, and the willingness to take risks.

Cost for the workshop is free with an annual Center For Active Learners' membership of $25.00 and is limited to 25 participants. For more information on the workshop, please call Sr. Cynthia Binder at 605-668-1463 or Andrew Henrickson at 605-668-1495.