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.

The rest of the interview will be available in my forthcoming book (2016) by Lamar University Press Books.

 

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