About Geri Taran

Geri Taran is a poet, a writer, an editor, and an artist. Her written works have ranged from business and corporate publications, newsletters, reports, interviews, articles, and essays, to stories and poems for both young people and adults.

An abiding interest in promoting world peace has led her to become a founding member of ATLANTA: CITY OF PEACE (ACP), to serve on the ACP Board and as a member of the core development team of the GLOBAL PEACE MUSEUM (GPM), a thrilling initiative of ACP.

The Museum will offer an international tourist destination dedicated to spreading peace throughout the world through the concept of Global Family. The first initiative of the GPM is to bring the ATLANTIS SPACE SHUTTLE to Atlanta, to be the "cornerstone exhibit" at a new permanent home. An ideal four to six acre site where the museum may be built, has been identified in College Park. It is in close proximity to Hartsfield International Airport and next to the Georgia Convention Center. It is across the street from the new Marriott International Hotel and the ATL SkyTrain runs overheard.


           Geri Taran

A PARTIAL PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

In 1987 Ms. Taran participated as a charter member in the creation of a local writing club called The Literary Round Table. Over the ensuing six years she served in all official positions, she created a club newsletter and planned and managed local writing events.

In 1994 Ms. Taran became a co-founder and the executive director of Georgia Writers Association (GWA), a nonprofit writers organization. The association was created to assist writers in all genres and at all levels of their careers with information, support, encouragement, opportunity, and acknowledgement. For thirteen years Ms. Taran planned monthly meetings with stellar speakers, created annual writing events, seminars, contests and regular monthly workshops on varying subjects of interest to all writers.

Ms. Taran was also the publisher and Senior Editor of the bi-monthly Georgia Writers Associations' News/Mag, which contained regular columns and articles of interest to writers, several pages of market opportunities, and stories and poems by members.

Five months after founding Georgia Writers Association in 1994, and on behalf of GWA, Ms. Taran accepted responsibility for the Georgia Author of the Year Awards (GAYA) when the organization that created the awards event dissolved. She expanded, managed, and oversaw this prestigious awards event, now in its forty-fourth year and the oldest in the Southeastern region, until the 2007 event, now being managed by Kennesaw State University. She also created the Taran Family Memorial Awards in honor of family members who have passed on.

In July of 2006 she retired from her position as GWA's executive director, turning over the administration of the organization to Kennesaw State University. She served as GWA's President until June 30, 2007, and, as Co-Founder, she is a lifetime board member.

Ms. Taran has been active in a number of literary organizations since moving to Atlanta from Miami in 1983. Among them are, The International Womens Writers Guild, The Georgia Poetry Society, The Atlanta Writers Club, The Atlanta Press Club, and The National League of American Penwomen. The latter organization honored her as Writer of the Year for 2006. She has served on the Boards of Advisors of the National Creative Society, the Georgia Center for the Book, a Library of Congress affiliate, and also served as a Literary Panelist for the Georgia Council for the Arts for three years.

Ms. Taran is the creator and the President of In The Company of Writers.

She is on the Board of the 501(c)(3) organization ATLANTA: City of Peace, serving as Treasurer and is instrumental in creating The Global Peace Museum.