The 2015 ﬁlm Poetry of Witness documents the struggles of six contemporary poets–survivors of war, torture, exile, and repression–to give voice to their experiences with the complex realities of memory, trauma, and artistic production.
Anthony Cirilo grew up in northern New Jersey and attended Montclair State University for his B.A. and M.A. before earning his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Rutgers University-Newark. He is a poet and translator whose work has appeared in The Volta, The Oxford Magazine, and The Paris-American. Currently, Cirilo is a lecturer in the Writing Program at Rutgers University-Newark.
Billy Tooma is an award-nominated documentary ﬁlmmaker from northeastern New Jersey. He holds multiple degrees in literature and writing, including a D.Litt. in Literary Studies from Drew University. Tooma is an Instructor of English at Essex County College, serves on the Board of Trustees for the New Jersey College English Association, and holds the position of Deputy Executive Director of the Community College Humanities Association. His current focus of study is on biography and how it can be applied across various disciplines.
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