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Joan Austin Geier

Joan Austin Geier, American writer, editor. Recipient John Masefield award World Order Narrative Poets, 1985, Basho award, 1990, Haiku award Shelley Society, 1979, ORBIS/Rhyme International award, 1991, special award for Haiku Amelia magazine, 1985.


  • Geier, Joan Austin was born on March 6, 1934 in Port Jervis, New York, United States. Daughter of Charles Raymond and Gladys Elizabeth (Myers) Austin.

  • Education

    • Bachelor in Humanities, City University of New York, 1966.


    • Freelance writer, New York City, since 1965. Assistant fashion editor Womens Wear Daily, 1956-1959. Editor Crystal Highlights, Moundsville, West Virginia, 1968-1973.

      Director special projects Folkworks, New York City, 1987-1990. Critic Brooklyn Poetry Circle, since 1980.


    • Author: Mother of Tribes, 1987, Garbage Can Cat, 1976. Contributor articles and poetry to publications.


    Developer, publicist volunteer National Coalition for Relief of Liberia, Plainfield, New Jersey, 1990-1992. Volunteer foster care provider Spence Chapin, New York City, since 1990. Trustee Ecumrnical Parish of Good Shepherd, Roosevelt Island, New York, 1982-1993.

    Developer, publicist, teaching volunteer Workshop in Business Opportunities, New York City, since 1985. Member Poetry Society of America (Gustav Davidson award 1982), Brooklyn Poetry Circuit (critic since 1980, president 1982-1984).



    Travel, swimming, biking, camping.


    • Married Walter Henry Geier, September 15, 1956. Children: Charles Theodore, Robert Joseph, Elizabeth Madeleine.
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    • 1966
      City University of New York
    • 1956 - 1959
      assistant, fashion editor Womens Wear Daily
    • 1965
      Freelance writer
    • 1968 - 1973
      editor Crystal Highlights
      Moundsville, West Virginia, United States
    • 1987 - 1990
      director, special projects Folkworks