Writing Poetry to Save Your Life: How to Find the Courage to Tell Your Stories by Maria Mazziotti Gillan is the Special Collections Featured Book for this month.
This book combines Gillan’s personal story about her journey as a writer with her suggestions for writers at all stages of development. It is designed to help writers find the stories they have to tell and the words to tell them. It is based on the belief that when on finds the courage to explore memories, one will find the source of evocative writing. This book encourages writing, and in the process, will give one confidence, helps overcome writer’s block and silences the critical voice within.
Maria Mazziotti Gillan is a recipient of 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. She is the Founder /Executive Director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, NJ, and editor of the Paterson Literary Review. She is also Director of the Creative Writing Program and Professor of Poetry at Binghamton University-SUNY.
She has published 18 books, and her most recent are Ancestors’ Song (Bordighera Press),The Place I Call Home (NYQ Books) and Writing Poetry to Save Your Life: How to Find the Courage to Tell Your Stories (MiroLand, Guernica).
To view this book, visit Special Collections located on the second floor of the Glenn G. Bartle Library.