Georgia Banks-Martin

Georgia Banks-Martin

Editor at New Mirage Journal

Location
Montgomery, Alabama Area
Industry
Publishing

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Georgia Banks-Martin's Overview

Current
  • Editor at New Mirage Journal
Past
  • Book Reviewer at Her Circle Ezine
Education
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Georgia Banks-Martin's Summary

I would like to teach creative writing, and developmental writing courses. My professional background includes previous teaching experience, which includes the ability to teach students who represent diverse ethic, social economic, educational, and age groups.

I began teaching in 1994 when I accepted a volunteer appointment as a docent at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. There, I learned the basic techniques for developing lectures and leading workshops. I was very successful earning citations for outstanding service to the museum. I developed workshops for children and young adults who were served by the Boys and Girls Clubs, and area group homes. These classes focused on introducing the students to the museum’s collections. In addition to teaching, I identified and, made initial contact with potential clients, and scheduled classes.

After graduating from Huntingdon College in 1997, I began teaching in area public schools. I taught English and Language Arts in mostly rural schools. Most of my students were poor and experienced difficulties with passing required graduation exams. Most of my time was spent teaching basic reading, writing skills and communications skills. To accomplish this, I developed lesson plans that allowed for some lecturing combined with traditional and computer-based practice.

In January 2009, I graduated from Queens University of Charlotte with a Masters of Fine Arts degree. At this time, I intend to return to teaching but I would like to focus on teaching at the postsecondary level; it is there that I feel my sharpened skills will be of most use. I can teach courses ranging from developmental writing to introductory and advanced creative writing courses.

I’m interested in positions that require teaching in the traditional classroom and laboratory settings as well as distance learning. I am also willing to work mornings, nights, and week-ends.

Specialties

Language Arts, Creative Writing,and Myth Studies

Georgia Banks-Martin's Experience

Editor

New Mirage Journal

December 2010Present (3 years 10 months) Montgomery, Alabama Area

New Mirage Journal is an online quarterly journal. Each issue features a poet of merit who was born outside of the United States of America. I identify and invite feature poets to submit up to ten poems, and be interviewed each quarter. I design ads that appear on Facebook, CRWROPPS-B,and other writing listserves, which encourage poets to submit poetry, and book reviews for possible publication.

I use yahoo small business to create an attractive webpage to house New Mirage Journal. This allows me to post the magazine pages as well as enhance it with photos of the feature poet, and the book covers of the poetry books reviewed each quarter.

Book Reviewer

Her Circle Ezine

February 2008January 2012 (4 years)

Her Circle Ezine is a blog interested in the issues that concern women. My book reviews focus mostly on collections of poetry written by well known and lesser known women, however, on occasion I will review fiction, and creative non-fiction.

Georgia Banks-Martin's Publications

  • Rhapsody For Lessons Learned Or Remembered

    • October 2010

    Poetry Collection Georgia Banks-Martin walks us through an art gallery. We view art, which she has processed and questioned, through her lens: Lawrence, Monet, Van Gogh, Beardon, Sargent, Degas, to name a few of the artists. She challenges the reader to face slavery, grief, and joy, to feel the weight the South bears, to examine art across centuries for lessons. These poems revive what has been omitted in our history books-individual life stories. She uses sound, music and voice to make imagery pulse in these ekphrastic poems. In her poem "Railroad Station," after a Jacob Lawrence: "Those leaving the towns where father and mother/labored in fields without being offered a yard of thread spun/from the cotton they pulled, have assembled./Packed: Hopes of work, three bedroom homes/water heated in water tanks, classrooms." As memories populate her poems, so does the theme of hope permeate her book; in Death Dancing, after a Max Slevogt: "I wish memories could be buried as easily as bodies." . . . a book to remember as you stand face to face with art.

    Julene Tripp Weaver, author of No Father Can Save Her

  • Rhapsody For Lessons Learned Or Remembered

    • November 2010

Georgia Banks-Martin's Skills & Expertise

  1. Creative Writing
  2. English grammar
  3. Language Arts
  4. Editing
  5. Poetry
  6. Publishing
  7. Blogging
  8. Books
  9. Storytelling
  10. Fiction
  11. Fiction Writing
  12. Short Stories
  13. Magazines
  14. Teaching
  15. Teaching Writing
  16. Book Reviews
  17. Publications
  18. Editorial
  19. Literature
  20. Published Author

Georgia Banks-Martin's Education

Pacifica Graduate Institute

Ph.D., Mythological Studies and Depth Psychology

20112017 (expected)

Current research interest-The Alchemical Process in James Joyce's Dubliners

Activities and Societies: Current- I'm writing my dissertation: Dubliners: A Tale of Alchemical Male Initiation to the Way of the Goddess

Queens University of Charlotte

M.F.A, Creative Writing; Poetry

20072009

Committee: Alan Michael Parker, Sally Keith, Peter Stitt, Brighde Mullins
Thesis: Rhapsody for Things Learned or Remembered

Rhapsody for Things Learned or Remembered is a collection of ekphrastic poems. The selections draw their stories from a blend of literature, history, and visual art, usually, oil paintings. As, Micheal Baxandall and James A.W. Heffernan note, they tend to represent, not so much a picture, as the “thought after seeing a picture.”

Activities and Societies: I read and took part in a panel dicussion of my work at the Writing by Degrees National Graduate Creative Writing Conference(2008) sponsored in part by Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY. My poem Memorial Day(2007) was awarded an Ariel, published in the poetry journal Ariel and I read my work at the Ariel Salute to the Arts festival sponsored in part by by Triton College, River Grove, IL.

Huntingdon College

B.A, English, Language Arts; Secondary Education, Communications Studies

19941997

Final GPA: 3.477

Activities and Societies: Created a dramaturgical study, directed, and casted, a production of the play Variations on the Death of Trotsky by David Ives Assisted with technical production of plays in the theatre department Performed in the chorus of musical theatre productions

Auburn University at Montgomery

B.S, Psychology; Pre-Clinical Psychology, Fine Arts

19891993

Chorus member

Activities and Societies: Editor of Creative Corner-I created and published a section of the student newspaper called Creative Corner. I published poetry written by Auburn University Montgomery students. Submissions were selected by me and a three person submissions board.

Georgia Banks-Martin's Additional Information

Websites:
Interests:

teaching, writing,publishing, running,crocheting,myth/psychology

Groups and Associations:

MLA, AWP

Honors and Awards:

Limestone Dust (2009), (2010) awarded for my poems Piano Lesson and Child to Mother. Limestone Dust is a poetry contest and festival sponsored in part by the University of Alabama in Huntsville. My winning poems were published in the Limestone Dust Poetry Festival Anthology and I read selections of work at the Limestone Dust Festival.

Huntingdon College Dean's List of Honors 1995 Semester II,1996 Semesters I-II.

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
Outstanding Achievement Evening Docent1997-1998-1998-1999

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