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Though she is a community poet active in bringing the art and craft of poetry to people of all ages, as a performance poet, Georgia A. Popoff was a member of the 1994, 1995, and 1996 Syracuse Poetry Slam Teams, competing in the National Poetry Slam! both in 1994 and 1995. For two years, Georgia coordinated the weekly readings series, "Poetry at the End," and facilitated a monthly workshop at Happy Endings Cake and Coffeehouse, the former Syracuse, New York Slam! venue; and for another two years, she coordinated and hosted the "Third Thursday Poetry" series at Pastabilities in Armory Square, downtown Syracuse.    Her most recent series, "Sunday Kind of Words," was co-sponsored by the Westcott Community Center, and featured poets who presented both a workshop and reading.  Starting October 2, 2001, Georgia is now coordinating a new community poetry series, Poetry Paradiso, on Tuesday nights.  This program will be cohosted by Jane Cassady and will also be presented by a compendium of cohosts from the poetry community of Syracuse.

A frequent performer of spoken word throughout the Northeast, Georgia was featured on the Albany, New York CATV series, "The Poetry Motel," in the Fall of 1995. She also leads workshops for both teens and adults. A Poetry Coach for the NAACP Afro-Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) for African-American teens since 1995, she mentored the 1995 National NAACP ACT-SO Gold Medalist in Poetry. Georgia presents workshops in many venues, among them at the 1995 National Poetry Slam! and the 1996 Asheville Poetry Festival, the 2001 Austin International Poetry Festival, as well as in various Central New York schools, the Centers for Nature Education at Baltimore Woods, and the Central New York B.O.C.E.S. Adult Education program, a YMCA day camp, youth detention facilities, and women's shelters.  Georgia also taught a week-long workshop in Tuscany in June 2001.

A member of the Editorial Board of The Comstock Review, a publication sponsored by the Comstock Writers Group for three years, she was also Poetry Editor for Central New York Environment, a bi-monthly publication focusing on the issues of ecology and the environment in Upstate New York, for four years.

Georgia has judged the following contests over the past few years:
 
Spring 1996 National League of American Pen Women, Annual Contest, Group 1 (up to age 13), co-sponsored by the Syracuse Newspapers.
Summer 1997 Preliminary Rounds of the The Comstock Review annual contest.
November 1997 1997 Abacus & Rose Contest, Museum of Science & Technology, Syracuse, NY, both youth and adult contests.
January 1998 Baldwinsville Public Library, Baldwinsville, NY, teen poetry contest.
March 1998 2nd Annual Syr-Haikus Contest, sponsored by the Syracuse New Times and Borders Books and Music.
Spring 1998 Poetpourri, Jr. annual poetry contest for elementary students in the Syracuse City School district.
Summer 1998, 1999, 2000, & 2001 Preliminary Rounds of the The Comstock Review annual contest.

Formerly, Georgia was a student of the Creative Writing Program at the State University of New York at Oswego, where she studied with noted poet Lewis Turco. Her poems have been published in The Asheville Poetry Review, Comstock Review, Midwest Poetry Review, Nickel Review, The Red Brick Review, Poetpourri, The Salt Hill Journal, and The Syracuse Cultural Workers' In Praise of the Muse: Women Artists Datebook - 1998 and 2000 editions, as well as several other small press.  In 2000, she had poems appearing in two anthologies:  The Waist is a Terrible Thing to Mind (Breakthrough Press, edited by Jan Phillips, Cathy Conheim, and Christine Forester) and Poetry Slam:  The Competitive Art of Performance Poetry (Manic D Press, edited by Gary Glazner).  In 2001, Georgia was invited to be included in the Pudding House Writers and Resource Center chapbook series, Gold: the Greatest Hits, which will hopefully see publication in early 2002.

Her first book of poetry, Coaxing Nectar from Longing, was published in Summer 1997 by Hale Mary Press, Syracuse, New York.

Georgia has recorded a collection of poems entitled Angels at the Breakfast Table (available on cassette tape), and is currently working on several other projects, including a three collections of poems, An Insanity of Roses, Triptychs in the Hood, and Leave a Message After the Poem; an anthology of recipes and poems about food; a collection of essays, Etheric Postcards, and a CD.  

Georgia was one of five performance poets who presented to the Northeast Modern Language Association's annual conference in April 2000 and she will present a week-long poetry workshop in Tuscany in June 2001, sponsored by Il Chiostro di Toscana, Inc. of NYC.

Georgia A. Popoff views herself as "a student of comparative spirituality." Having embarked on the path of healing work in 1977, her first focus was on bodywork and massage, then expanding into the realm of auric healing, advancing her practice to become certified as a Divine Healer in 1987.

Ordained in 1992 by the Light of Divine Truth Foundation, Trenton, New Jersey, Georgia has offered metaphysical and devotional workshops, and provided group facilitation in Central New York area since 1988. She led many groups in "A Course in Miracles" study, has created a 9-class series of related workshops called "Charting the Path: Exploring One's Individual Path to Godhead and Self-Actualization," and has offered both 8- and 4-session series of "The Lyric of Devotion," as well as shorter forms of this workshop experience.



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Professional Experience:

2001:  YMCA Camp Iroquios, Manlius, NY, Special Programming Director, YArts, development and instruction of a summer-long creative/expressive arts program for a day camp servicing children between the ages of 3 and 16.

Coordinator of Syracuse, NY reading as part of the week-long Dialogue Among Civilizations through Poetry program of 200 readings among 150 locations worldwide.

2000 – 2001: YMCA Downtown Writers’ Center, Syracuse, NY:   Teaching staff, both adults and young people.

Hillbrook Detention Center, Syracuse, NY, ongoing poetry workshop for youth in detention, aged 12 - 17.

1999 - 2000: Westcott Community Center, Syracuse, NY:  Host and coordinator/producer "Sunday Kind of Words," a poetry series featuring touring nationally known poets to present both a workshop and reading.

1997-Present: Member Editorial Board, "The Comstock Review" (formerly known as "Poetpourri) poetry journal sponsored by the Comstock Writers' Group, Syracuse, NY.

1997- 1999: Pastabilities, Syracuse, NY, Host and Coordinator "Third Thursday Poetry" reading series.

1995-Present: Coach for the Syracuse Chapter NAACP ACT-SO Program in Poetry, working with African-American teenagers for annual regional competition.  Coached local first-place winners to continue in national competition.  In 1995, coached the National Gold Medalist.

1994-1999: Poetry/Arts Editor of "Central NY Environment," newspaper regarding environmental and ecological issues. 

1993-1997: Coordinator and Public Relations for Syracuse Area Poetry Slam! and "Poetry at the End" Reading Series, Happy Endings Cake & Coffee House, Syracuse, NY;  Coordinator/ Facilitator for poetry workshops for both teens and adults.

1990-Present: Facilitator of workshops and class experience in self growth and realization, and spirituality, including "The Lyric of Devotion," a meditation and journaling experience for self-awareness and spiritual connection, among others.

Publications:

Poetry journal publications include the Alfred Review, Asheville Poetry Review, Central NY Environment, Con & Pro, the Crevice of Illusion, Comstock Review (formerly known as Poetpourri), Great Lake Review, Midwest Poetry Review, Nickel Review, Passages III (All Nations Poetry Contest publication), Red Brick Review, Salt Hill Journal, The Seasons, and Syracuse Guide.  Her poems appear in the anthologies The Waist is a Terrible Thing to Mind (©2000, Breakthrough Press), Poetry Slam: The Competitive Art of Performance Poetry (©2000 Manic D Press), and the Syracuse Cultural Workers' Women Artists Datebook 1998 and 2000.  On-line publications include poets4peace, Poetry Porch, MAP of Austin Poetry, and the Poetic License Workshop Circle.  Spring 2001, an invitation to be a part of Pudding House Writers & Resource Center's Gold:  the Greatest Hits chapbook series; likely to be available in early 2002.

Author of one volume of poetry, Coaxing Nectar from Longing, published by Hale Mary Press, Syracuse, NY, 1997; a cassette recording of poetry:  Angels at the Breakfast Table; works in progress include three other volumes of poetry, a CD, and a book of essays on the path of devotion and self-discovery, Etheric Postcards.  A second collection of poems, An Insanity of Roses, is being considered for publication.

Readings/Performance/Workshop Presentations:

2000:   YMCA Arts Afterschool Program at Danforth Elementary School, Syracuse, NY, for 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students, working with art teacher to integrate visual and language arts.

"The Poetry of Personal Expression," teaching 6-week class series at BOCES of Onondaga County, NY, spring and fall seasons.

Poetry workshop for children as part of the Onondaga Historical Association week-long Children's Peace Camp.

Visiting Writer:  East Syracuse-Minoa Middle School Career Day, East Syracuse, NY.

Preliminary judge for Comstock Review annual contest.

Panel member for presentation of performance poetry at the Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Conference.

Poetry workshop for teens at risk, Hillbrook Detention Center, Syracuse, NY. 

Poetry readings in Ithaca, Oswego, New York, and Syracuse, NY; Washington DC; Baltimore, MD; Richmond, VA; Bethel, CT; Hyannis and Springfield, MA; radio appearances on "Writers on Writing," KUCI-FM, Irvine, CA; and "Women's Voices," WAER-FM, Syracuse, NY. 

1999:   Preliminary judge for Comstock Review annual contest.

"The Poetry of Personal Expression," teaching 6-week class series at BOCES of Onondaga County, NY, spring and fall seasons.

Visiting Writer:  Cato-Meridian Middle School Annual Young Authors' Day, Cato, NY, including coordinating school-wide Poetry Slam!; East Syracuse-Minoa Middle School Career Day, East Syracuse, NY; Fowler High School 10th Grade Special Education Class, Syracuse, NY.

Workshop series for Youth in Confinement, Hillbrook Detention Center, Syracuse, NY.

Workshop series, "Safe Harbor:  the Poetry of Personal Healing," YWCA Women's Residence, Syracuse, NY.

Workshop series, "Stillness, Silence, and the Natural World," Centers for Nature Education at Baltimore Woods, Marcellus, NY, for both adults and children.

Poetry readings in Middletown, CT; Los Angeles, Laguna Beach, San Clemente, and Sherman Oaks, CA; New York and Syracuse, NY; and Boston, MA.

1998:   Judge, Syr-Haikus Poetry Contest, sponsored by the Syracuse New Times and Borders Books and Music; Teen Poetry Contest, Baldwinsville Public Library; Poetpourri, Jr. contest for elementary students of Syracuse City School District sponsored by Comstock Writers' Group; preliminary judge for Comstock Review annual contest.

"The Poetry of Personal Expression," teaching 6-week class series at BOCES of Onondaga County, NY, spring and fall seasons.

Poetry College for Kids, facilitator in week-long summer program for elementary school poets sponsored by Comstock Writers' Group.

Visiting Writer for Cato-Meridian Middle School Annual Young Authors' Day, Cato, NY, including coordinating school-wide Poetry Slam!.

Workshops for Children at Barnes & Noble, Syracuse, NY and Pastabilities, Syracuse, NY.

Poetry Readings in Clinton, Baldwinsville, Marcellus School District, and Syracuse, NY.

1997:   "The Lyric of Devotion" writing workshop, Resource Center for Non-Violence, Santa Cruz, CA.

Guest speaker, Christian Brothers Academy Writers Guild, Syracuse, NY.

House M.C., 1997 Connecticut Poetry Festival and National Poetry Slam!

Featured poet for Museum of Science and Technology "Abacus & Rose" Annual Poetry & Science Series, Judge of annual poetry contest.

Poetry Readings in Oswego and Syracuse, NY; Santa Cruz, CA; Middletown, CT; Asheville, N C; Greenville, SC.

1996:   "The Lyric of Devotion" writing workshop, Asheville Poetry Festival, Asheville, NC.

Artist in the Schools day-long residency, Cato-Meridian High School, Cato, NY.

Poetry Readings in Portland, ME; Clinton, Syracuse, Oswego, and Utica, NY; and Asheville, NC.

Member of the 1996 Syracuse Poetry Slam! Team.

1995:   "The Lyric of Devotion," Annual National Poetry Slam!, Ann Arbor, MI.

"The Poetry Motel," featured poet for Albany, NY CATV weekly series.

Poetry Readings in New Haven, CT; Boston, MA; and Clinton and Syracuse, NY.

Member of the 1995 Syracuse Poetry Slam! Team, placing fifth in the Annual National Poetry Slam!, Ann Arbor, MI.

Facilitator of monthly poetry workshop at Happy Endings, Syracuse, NY.

1994:   Poetry Readings in Syracuse and Clinton, NY.

Member of the 1994 Syracuse Poetry Slam! Team, placing seventh in the Annual National Poetry Slam!, Asheville, NC.

1976-77: Coordinator/Facilitator of a creative writing workshop sponsored by the Women's Information Center, Syracuse, NY.  Group met weekly for critique and hands-on writing experience for one year.

Professional Memberships & Affiliations:

  Northeast Modern Language Association
  NAACP
  Partners for Arts Education, Former Board Member,
      Avisor and Teaching Artist