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‘Silk City Love Affair,’ Joseph Verilla

It was a time, Joseph Verilla says, when, in Paterson, “smoke spewed from factory smoke stacks, water flowed through the raceways and the Fat Man served ‘Heavy Duty Soup’.” It was, more specifically, 1977, when Verilla took 30 black and white photographs of the city, which will be on display at the Paterson Museum from Sunday through Jan. 19. Verilla — who taught ESL, creative writing and poetry in the Paterson School District for 35 years, and now teaches creative writing at the School of Visual Arts in New York — took the photos while attending Goddard College in Plainfield, Vt., and they are a part of the college’s permanent collection. He showed them to his wife while they were attending the college’s 150th anniversary celebration, last year, and he decided at that point to try to get them displayed. Continue Reading →

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