PATERSON, NJ - The Distinguished Poets Series of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College is celebrating the publication of the Paterson Literary Review (PLR) Issue 40, on Sat., Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. This free event will feature readings by the contributors of this issue, and will take place at the historic Hamilton Club Building, 32 Church Street, downtown Paterson.   

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PLR has been edited since 1979 by Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Founder and Executive Director of the Poetry Center.  The journal includes work by well-known writers, such as Marge Piercy, Maxine Kumin, Diane di Prima, Joe Weil, Laura Boss, Jim Reese, Kathleen Spivack, Louis Jenkins, and Stanley Barkan, as well as by many NJ/NY-based writers whose work is so good it should be better known.  PLR was chosen by the Library Journal as one of the ten best literary magazines in the country and by The Montserrat Review as best journal for 2008. PLR received National Public Radio’s “The Poet and The Poem Special Recognition Award for Excellence in Print” in 1998.  Also, poems from the magazine have appeared in Best American Poetry and the Pushcart Prize Anthologies, and have been included in Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry. 

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

The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College has been awarded several Citations of Excellence, 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.