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Workshops with Distinguished Poets

The Poetry Center offers Saturday morning workshops in conjunction with the Distinguished Poets Reading Series.

Over the past 35 years, the Poetry Center’s reading and workshop series has featured poet laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, inaugural poets and others of national and international reputation, such as Allen Ginsberg, Amiri Baraka, Lucille Clifton, Stanley Kunitz, Billy Collins, Marge Piercy, Mark Doty, Kim Addonizio, Billy Collins, Dorianne Laux, Robert Sward, Patricia Smith, Martín Espada and Richard Blanco. 

The Distinguished Poets Series poetry workshops are $20 and pre-registration is required. There is limited enrollment and workshops generally fill, so register early.

All workshops take place from 10 am to 12 pm at the Poetry Center (Hamilton Club building in Paterson), which is also the site of that day's Distinguished Poets reading in the afternoon.

For questions and to confirm that workshops are still open to registration, email sdesai@pccc.edu or call 973-684-6555.

Download and print the workshop registration form


2018 - 2019 Distinguished Poets Workshops

For bios of the workshop poets, see our readings page

December 1, 2018
Tanya Olson or Patrick Rosal

March 2, 2019
Molly Peacock or Patricia Smith

April 6, 2019
Jan Beatty or Jim Daniels

May 4, 2019
Martín Espada or
Quincy Troupe

Poetry Workshops for Mature Adults 2018-2019

The Mature Adults Workshop Series, held at the PCCC Wanaque Campus, is open to adults age 50 and over.  Award-winning poets, Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Laura Boss, alternate leading each workshop in the series (four meetings for fall 2018 or four meetings in the spring 2019 session).  The focus is on writing narrative poetry, and sharing the work that you’ve just written in the workshop.  

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Pre-registration is required for both the fall and spring workshop series. Each have a fee of $90 for six sessions in the series; $180 for both the fall and spring series. 

Laura Boss
is a first-place winner of PSA’s Gordon Barber Poetry Contest. Founder and editor of Lips, she is the recipient of three NJSCA Poetry Fellowships, and, in June 2011 received the first International Poetry Award at the International Poetry Festival in Swansea, Wales.  Her books include: Reports from the Front (CCC), Arms: New and Selected Poems (Guernica) and Flashlight (Guernica). She co-edited with John Gallaher, Time Is a Toy:  Selected Poems of Michael Benedikt (University of Akron, 2014).  Her latest book is The Best Lover (NYQ, 2017). Her website is  laurabosspoet.wordpress.com.

Maria Mazziotti Gillan is a recipient of the 2014 George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature from AWP, the 2011 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers, and the 2008 American Book Award for All That Lies Between Us (Guernica Editions). She is founder/executive director of the Poetry Center at PCCC, editor of the Paterson Literary Review, director of the Binghamton Center for Writers and the creative writing program, and professor of English at Binghamton University-SUNY.  She has published 23 books, including What Blooms in Winter, (NYQ Books, 2016) and Paterson Light & Shadow (with photographer Mark Hillringhouse, Serving House Books, 2017). www.mariagillan.com



All sessions are held from 1pm - 3pm at the Wanaque Academic Center, 500 Union Avenue, Wanaque, NJ 07420

The workshop series fee is $90 for one session (fall or spring), which includes six classes, or $180 for both the fall and spring sessions.

Fall 2018 sessions: October 4, 11, 25; November 1, 8, 15

Spring 2019 sessions: March 7, 21, 28; April 4, 11, 18

Download and print the registration form for the Mature Adults series