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Literature educator , poet , poetry center director

Maria Mazziotti Gillan, American Poet, poetry center director. Recipient National Poetry Competiiton Commendation Chester H. Jones Foundation, 1989, American Literary Translators award, 1987, Editor's Choice award,1985, Sri Chinmoy award, 1981, 82, 83, William Carlos Williams Contest award, 1972, 76; New Jersey State Council on the Arts fellow in poetry, 1981, 85.


Gillan, Maria Mazziotti was born on March 12, 1940 in Paterson, New Jersey, United States. Daughter of Arturo and Angelina (Schiavo) Mazziotti.


Bachelor in Literature, Seton Hall University, 1961. Master of Arts in Literature, New York University, 1963. Postgraduate, Drew University, 1980.


Poetry workshop leader, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Poetry Festival, Waterloo, 1986, 88, 90, 92, 94, 96; with, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Committee of Poets, since 1987; Geraldine R. Dodge poetry teacher, since 1986; with poetry workshops connection between ethnicity and food, Madison High School, 1988; poetry workshop leader, Trenton State Writer's Conference, Trenton (New Jersey) State College, 1988, 96; panelist, Pennsylvania State Council on the Arts, 1988; poetry workshop leader, Jamestown Community College, James Town, New York, 1989, 95; director poetry center, Passaic County Community College, since 1980; director, St. Mary's College Festival of Poets and Writers, St. Mary's City, Maryland., since 1996; workshop leader, Pennsylvania State University, Wilkes Barre, 1996; workshop leader, Nazareth College, Rochester, New York, 1996. Visiting writer State University of New York, Binghamton, 1993, Naropa Institute, 1997. Poetry workshop leader St. Mary's College, St. Mary's City, Maryland.

Festival of Poets and Poetry. Presenter poetry Station WPFW, National Public Radio, Washington, 1987, 88, 95, National Public Radio, All Things Considered, 1988, Charles Osgoow Show, 1997. Presenter poetry to several organizations, including Naropa Institute, Boulder, Colorado, 1997.

Conductor poetry workshops Georgetown University, 1989, St. Norbert's College, Green Bay, Wisconsin, 1990, Southern Vermont College, Bennington, 1992;conductor workship Guilt Complex, Loyola University Poetry Festival, Chicago, 1997. Visiting poet Binghamton U., State University of New York, 1999.



Member of the board of trustees Katharine Gibbs School, District Alliance for Tourism, 1992. Board directors Passaic County Cultural and Heritage Council. Member Pen/American, Poets and Writers Inc., Poetry Society American, Associated Writing Programs, Italian American Writers Association, Modern Ethnic Literature Society of the United States, Association of College & University Arts Presenters.


Married Dennis P. Gillan, June 30, 1964. Children: John Arthur, Jennifer Lisa.

Arturo Mazziotti

Angelina (Schiavo) Mazziotti

Dennis P. Gillan

John Arthur Gillan

Jennifer Lisa Gillan