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Maria Mazziotti Gillan receives 2013 Many Are One Alumni Service Award

mariaMaria Mazziotti Gillan (Seton Hall University, ’61) has received a 2013 Many Are One Alumni Service Award from Seton Hall University and the University Libraries for her contributions to literature, and her commitment to enriching the lives of Seton Hall students through contemporary poetry.

A prolific poet, Gillan has published 16 books, most recently The Place I Call Home (2012) and Writing Poetry to Save Your Life: How to Find the Courage to Tell Your Stories (2013).

Her work has garnered national attention; she is the winner of several awards, including 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.

Gillan is frequently featured reading her poetry at universities, festivals, and on national radio programs including NPR’s “All Things Considered.”

In addition, Gillan shares her love of poetry with students in the classroom. She is director of the Creative Writing Program and professor of poetry at Binghamton University – State University of New York, and founder and executive director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, New Jersey.

A member of several Seton Hall literary organizations — including serving as editor of the Literary Magazine, History Magazine, and The Setonian — as a student, Gillan recently gave back generously to the University by donating nearly 400 new books of poetry to the Walsh Library’s circulating collection.

The books of American poetry from major publishers will help to enhance the Seton Hall community’s awareness of contemporary poets and poetry.

Gillan, whose husband of 46 years — Dennis Gillan — passed away in 2010, has two children: John, an attorney in Dallas; and Jennifer, a professor at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts (with whom Gillan has co-edited four poetry anthologies) and two grandchildren.

The Many Are One Alumni Awards Gala is Seton Hall’s premier annual black-tie event. The gala provides an opportunity to celebrate the ways in which the University’s alumni have positively influenced our world.

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