PATERSON,  NJ - The Distinguished Poets Series of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College will present a reading by the winner and finalists of the 2010 Paterson Poetry Prize on Sat., April 2 at 1 pm in the historic Hamilton Club Building of Passaic County Community College, 32 Church Street, downtown Paterson.

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A reception and open reading will follow this free program.  

Sherman Alexie of Seattle, Washington, won first prize for his poetry collection, Face (Hanging Loose Press, Brooklyn, NY). 

Finalists and their titles include: Nin Andrews of Poland, OhioSouthern Comfort (CavanKerry Press, Fort Lee, NJ); Gail Fishman Gerwin of Morristown, New JerseySugar And Sand (Full Court Press, Englewood Cliffs, NJ); Kevin A. González of Madison, Wisconsin, Cultural Studies (Carnegie Mellon University Press, Pittsburgh, PA); Lowell Jaeger of Yellow Bay, Montana, Suddenly, Out of a Long Sleep (Arctos Press, Sausalito, CA); Meg Kearney of New Ipswich, New HampshireHome By Now (Four Way Books, New York, NY); January Gill O’Neil of Beverly, Massachusetts, Underlife (CavanKerry Press, Fort Lee, NJ); Elizabeth Swados of New York CityThe One and Only Human Galaxy (Hanging Loose Press, Brooklyn, NY). 

The building is wheelchair accessible. Other services, including large print materials and FM assistive listening devices, are available on request.

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 executive director of the Poetry Center.