Danita Geltner was born in Atlanta, Georgia and grew up in a rural area outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Geltner received a B.F.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, a Certificate Francaise from The Sorbonne, Paris, France, and an M.F.A. from The Maryland Institute, College of Art. Geltner has studied poetry with Jeanne Marie Beaumont, David Yezzi and Glen Maxwell at the 92 Street Y; Erica Wright at New York University; and Marie Howe and Marie Ponsot at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and published in U.S. 1 Worksheets, The Edison Literary Review, Podium, The Literary Journal of the 92 Street Y and Pens On Fire. Geltner has presented poems at Manhattan’s Kiva Café, Brooklyn’s Arcadia Studio and Princeton University. In October of 2012 Geltner began a “Haiku Project” writing one or more haiku a day. To date she has written 1289 haiku with over 900 of them posted on Facebook, many accompanied with an original photograph. On November 14, 2014, six of Danita Geltner’s poems will be included in “David Sisco, An Evening of American Song” at Carnegie Hall, New York City. Her poems will be sung by soprano Marie Mascari. In addition to poetry, Danita Geltner has taught Drawing, Color and Design at Rutgers University. Her artwork, large-scale constructions, sculptures and two-dimensional art have been exhibited and sold throughout the United States. Geltner has studied acting at HB Studios with John Monteith and with Anna Deavere Smith/ADS workshop in San Francisco. She currently studies voice and practices Mediation with the New York Peace Institute where she volunteers as a Mediator. Danita Geltner has lived in Tribeca, New York City, since 1977.

 

 

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