Interview with 2014 George Garrett Award Winner, Maria Mazziotti Gillan

Photo: Maria Mazziotti Gillan

Photo: Maria Mazziotti Gillan

Brief Biography:

Maria Mazziotti Gillan is winner of the 2014 George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature from AWP, 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.

Geosi Gyasi: Are you comfortable with the label, American poet?

Maria Mazziotti Gillan: Yes. I am an American poet and proud to be part of the multi-cultural fabric that is America. My parents were immigrants from Italy, and I was born in Paterson, NJ. I did not speak English until I went to school.

Gyasi: Are you comfortable with the label American poet?

Gillan: Yes. I am an American poet and proud to be part of the multi-cultural fabric that is America. My parents were immigrants from Italy, and I was born in Paterson, NJ. I did not speak English until I went to school.

Gyasi: How long have you been writing?

Gillan: I’ve been writing since I was eight years old.

Gyasi: Do you remember your first piece of work?

Gillan: Yes. It was a poem about a dog that was published in St. Anthony’s Messenger. It was a dreadful poem, and by the time it actually appeared in the magazine, I recognized how bad it was.

 

The full interview is available in my book here.

 

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