April 14, 2010

The American Voice in Poetry: The Legacy of Whitman, Williams, and Ginsberg, April 10

I drove down to Paterson, NJ to participate in the reading/book-launch for this anthology in which my poem "The Lilacs" is included (my buddy Charlie Rossiter also has a poem in it). The book was edited by Maria Mazziotti Gillan of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College. 29 of us showed up to read our poems & help celebrate the 30th Anniversary of The Poetry Center.

In addition to providing poetry events & workshops to a diverse audience, the Poetry Center offers opportunities for poets to contests, awards, reference materials and conferences, including publishing the journal, Paterson Literary Review. It was through the Poetry Center that 3 Guys from Albany brought our unique blend of poetry & performance into the Paterson schools on many occasions. Visit the website for more information about this outstanding center that can serve as a model of how to integrate poetry & the written/spoken word into the community at large.

Copies of the anthology are available from the Poetry Center for $10.00, plus $3.00 shipping & handling, checks made out to "Passaic County Community College" (memo: Poetry Center):

Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Editor
The Poetry Center
Passaic County Community College
One College Boulevard
Paterson, NJ 07505-1179

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