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May 5: Poetry Reading at PCCC


PATERSON, NJ -The Distinguished Poets Series of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College is presenting a poetry reading by Mark Doty and Aimee Nezhukumatathil on Saturday, May 5, 2012. The readings will take place at 1 p.m. at the historic Hamilton Club Building, 32 Church Street, in downtown Paterson. 

The program is free and an open reading follows.  Writing workshops, conducted by Doty and Nezhukumatathil, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the same location. Pre-registration is required; the workshop fee is $15.00.  

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Mark Doty, the only American poet to have won Great Britain’s T.S. Eliot Prize, is the author of seven books of poems.  The first, Turtle, Swan, appeared in 1987.  His collection, My Alexandria (1993), received both the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.  Since then, he has published Atlantis (1995); Sweet Machine (1998); Source(2001); and the critically acclaimed volume of poems, School of the Arts (2005).  Fire to Fire:  New and Selected Poems was published and won the National Book Award in 2008.  His work has been honored by the National Book Critics Circle Award, two Lambda Literary Awards and the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Non-fiction.

Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of three books of poetry:  Lucky Fish (2011); At the Drive-In Volcano (2007); and Miracle Fruit (2003).  Lucky Fish is the winner of the Hoffer Grand Prize for Prose and Independent Books, and the gold medal in Poetry for the Independent Publisher Book Awards.  Also, poems from this collection were awarded an NEA Fellowship in poetry, the Glenna Luschei Award from Prairie Schooner, and the Angoff Award from The Literary Review for the best poems appearing that year.  At the Drive-In Volcano was named the winner of the Balcones Prize.  Other awards for her writing include the Pushcart Prize, a poetry fellowship to the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the James Boatwright III Prize fromShenandoah Review, and the Richard Hugo Prize from Poetry Northwest.

The Hamilton Club Building is wheelchair accessible. Other services, such as large print materials and FM assistive listening devices, are available on request.  Parking will be available in the Passaic County Community College parking lot on College Blvd., between Memorial Drive and Church Street.  For further information, call (973) 684-6555 or visit

The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College has been named a Distinguished Arts Project and is funded, in part, by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/ Department of State, and made possible, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts.  Maria Mazziotti Gillan is the founder and executive director of the Poetry Center.

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