Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Bernadette Geyer majored in communication arts at Allegheny College, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications.
Following receipt of her degree in 1990, Geyer (then Ksiazek), moved to the Washington, D.C., area, where she became involved with the literary community, starting in 2001 as a poetry editor for WordWrights literary magazine and proofreader for Argonne House Press. She later joined The Word Works, where she assisted with the judging of the organization’s annual Washington Prize competition, and helped to publicize the competition’s prize-winning publications. Geyer served as Editor-in-Chief for The Word Works from 2005 until 2007, acting as lead editor on several of the press’ publications, including Richard Lyons’ Fleur Carnivore and Carrie Bennett’s Biography of Water.
Geyer’s publications include What Remains, a chapbook published by Argonne House Press in 2001, and The Scabbard of Her Throat, which was selected by Cornelius Eady for publication in 2013 in the Hilary Tham Capital Collection series by The Word Works. Her poems have appeared on Arlington County (Virginia) public transit buses through the Moving Words Poetry Competition, which she won in 2000, 2004, and 2007. In 2010, the Arts Council of Fairfax County (Virginia) awarded Geyer with a Strauss Fellowship.
Although she did not pursue a career in academia, Geyer enjoyed teaching poetry workshops to people of all ages in the DC area. From 2001 until 2012, Geyer served as a visiting poet in elementary schools through the Arlington Public Schools Humanities Project and the Arlington Cultural Affairs Division’s Pick-a-Poet Program. In 2010, Geyer began working as an instructor at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland, leading workshops on the subjects of poetry craft and copy editing.
Geyer was featured at many reading venues in the Greater Washington, DC, area, including the Library of Congress, Arlington Arts Center, Chapter’s Literary Bookstore, DC Live Arts Festival, and Busboys and Poets. Geyer was one of several featured poets for the “CEC ArtsLink and Global Resources Center at the Gelman Library Present: Contemporary Russian Writers” at The George Washington University, where she performed the English-translations of poems by visiting Russian slam poet Andrei Rodionov.
In 2013, Geyer relocated to Berlin, Germany, where she works as a freelance writer and editor, and continues to serve as an instructor for online poetry workshops through The Writer’s Center.
Beltway Poetry Quarterly, 6 poems, Volume 8:3, Summer 2007: http://washingtonart.com/beltway/geyer.html
Written by Bernadette Geyer in 2013.