Chatham News

Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Gerard LaFemina to give poetry reading at Chatham University on Oct. 4

Maria Mazziotti Gillan

PITTSBURGH (September 25, 2012) … Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Gerard LaFemina, award-wining authors, will be giving a free poetry reading to the community. The reading will be October 4, at 8 p.m. in the James Laughlin Music Hall on Chatham’s Shadyside Campus.

Mazziotti Gillan was the recipient of the 2011 Barnes & Nobel Writers for Writers Awards from Poets & Writers. In 2008, she received the American Book Award for her book All That Lies Between Us. She is also the author of What We Pass On: Collected Poems 1980-2009 and The Place I Call Home, which came out earlier this month. She has published
14 books of poetry and, with her daughter
Jennifer, co-edited four anthologies.

Maziotti Gillan is the founder/executive director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in New Jersey as well as editor of the Paterson Literary Review. She is also the director of the Creative Writing Program and professor of poetry at Binghamton University.

Gerard LaFemina

LaFemina has received the Bordighera Prize in Poetry, the Anthony Piccione/MAMMOTH Books Prize in Poetry, a Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs Individual Artist Grant, and a Pushcart Prize. Along with his six books of poetry, the latest on being Vanishing Horizon, he is the author of a book of stories and two books of prose poems. LaFemina not only directs the Frostburg Center for Creative writing, but also teaches English at Frostburg State University.

About Chatham University
Chatham University, founded in 1869, is located in the vibrant Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa. Preparing students from around the world, Chatham’s enrollment throughout the past decade was the fastest growing in the Pittsburgh region.

Consisting of an undergraduate women’s college and graduate and online programs for both men and women, Chatham has consistently been ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Offering challenging academics and innovative programming in the fields of sustainability and the environment, the health sciences, and business and entrepreneurship, a Chatham education is designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy, today.

Chatham has also demonstrated institutional commitments to reach carbon neutrality by 2025 and has been recognized as a leader in sustainability by The Princeton Review, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the League of American Bicyclists, and Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future. For more information, call 800-837-1290 or visit