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Maria Mazziotti Gillan collection

Identifier: Mss 0089

Scope and Contents

The Maria Mazziotti Gillan collection dates from 1985 to 2013 and documents the activities of poet and program director Maria Mazziotti Gillan as a professor, program director, editor, and writer of numerous publications and colleges.The collection comprises of correspondence, photographs, newsletters, newspaper clippings, and magazines.This collection will prove valuable for researchers interested in the work of Italian American women poets and the history of poetry and immigrant life in New Jersey.


  • 1985 - 2013


English, Italian, and Russian

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

All materials available in this collection (unless otherwise noted) are the property of the Monsignor William Noé Field Archives & Special Collections Center and Seton Hall University, which reserves the right to limit access to or reproduction of these materials. Reproduction of materials or content is subject to United States copyright restrictions and may be subject to federal or state privacy regulations. Permission to publish exact reproductions must be obtained from the Director of the Archives and Special Collections Center.


Maria Mazziotti Gillan (1940-present) is a famous poet of the 21st century. She has won numerous awards for her writings, 2011 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award, as well as her involvement in the community, 2014 George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature from the Association of Writers & Writing Programs.

Gillan was born in 1940 to her Italian immigrant working-class parents and grew up in Paterson, NJ. She attended Paterson public schools and graduated from Eastside High School, a place where she began writing poems as a young teenager. Gillan attended Seton Hall University and New York University graduating with an M.A. in Literature and graduated Drew University with a Ph.D.

Gillan discovered her love of teaching when she obtained a teaching position at Caldwell College but left to raise her two children. At the age of 40 Gillan published her first book that would become one of twenty and win her numerous awards such as the 2008 American Book Award for All That Lies Between Us. Gillan was also the co-editor of four anthologies and editor of the Paterson Literary Review.

In 1980 after securing a grant from the State Council on the Arts Gillan gave poetry in Paterson a home and opened the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College. Although there were doubts about the Center in its location, the establishment flourished presenting notable people, such as Ginsberg, Amiri Baraka, and Stanley Kunitz.

Today Gillan lives in Hawthorne, NJ and teaches poetry at Binghamton University-SUNY, where she is also the director of the creative writing program, and also serves as director of the Poetry Center and Passaic County Cultural and Heritage Council. Gillan has taken up painting and has added some images into her book with the poetry she has written. She has no plans to retire but to keep writing and traveling.


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The collection is arranged by alphabetically by record type.

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Processing Information

The collection was processed by Jacquelyn Deppe, 2015. Finding aid prepared by Jacquelyn Deppe, 2015.

Maria Mazziotti Gillan collection
Jacquelyn Deppe
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Finding aid written in English.
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Repository Details

Part of the The Monsignor Field Archives & Special Collection Center Repository

Archives, Walsh Library
400 South Orange Ave
South Orange NJ 07079 US