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Maltese, American poets to read works in Senglea
By MaltaMedia News
Jul 23, 2006, 08:44 CET

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On Tuesday 25th July at 2000 CET, four poets from Detroit and New Jersey in the United States will be reading their work together with their Maltese counterparts at Ġnien il-Gardjola in Senglea. Entrance to this event, which is open to the general public, is free.

"Poeżija Gardjola" is being organized by Inizjamed, in collaboration with the Senglea Local Council. The Gardjola Garden is found just above Senglea Point and it enjoys a breathtaking view of the Grand Harbour, with Valletta across the harbour and Vittoriosa to the right.

The American writers are poet and singer songwriter M. L. Liebler, Italo-American poet Maria Mazziotti Gillan, prose writer Jennifer Gillan, and poet Anca Vlasopolos. They are among the academics who will be taking part in the 10th International Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI) entitled "The European Mind: Narrative and Identity," at the University of Malta in the last week of July.

The Maltese poets taking part in “Poeżija Gardjola” are Antoine Cassar, Victor Fenech, Maria Grech Ganado, Adrian Grima, Simone Inguanez, Immanuel Mifsud, Walid Nabhan, and Leslie Vassallo. There will also be readings of poems by Roderick Mallia who coordinated the event.

Poet and singer songwriter M. L. Liebler is the author of 13 books of poetry and fiction, most recently Greatest Hits (Pudding House Press, 2005). He is the director of the Arts and Humanities Program at the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit and teaches English and Labor Studies at Wayne State University. Liebler formed the Magic Poetry Band in 1987.

Poet and novelist Anca Vlasopolos is Professor of English and Director of the Comparative Literature Program at Wayne State University in Detroit. She specializes in comparative literature, feminist studies, and contemporary women's drama. Shehas published poetry, creative non-fiction, short stories, a detective novel, and The Poetry Harmonium, a music and poetry compact disk.

Maria Mazziotti Gillan is the Founder and the Executive Director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, NJ She is also a Professor and the Director of the Creative Writing Program at Binghamton University-State University of New York. She has published eight books of poetry.

Jennifer Gillan is an Associate Professor of English at Bentley College in the Boston area. With Maria Mazziotti Gillan, she edited Italian American Writers on New Jersey, as well as three multicultural anthologies: Unsettling America, Identity Lessons, and Growing Up Ethnic in America (Penguin Books). Gillan’s articles on race and ethnicity in American literature have appeared in leading American journals. At “Poeżija Gardjola” Jennifer Gillan will be reading an excerpt from a memoir.

More information about the writers and about the event is available from Inizjamed's website at or by writing to

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