Poet. Nonfiction Writer.
Biography

Gina R. Evers is a poet and nonfiction writer currently based in the Hudson Valley. She grew up in and just outside of Chicago, where her mother and grandparents settled after emigrating from Italy in the early 1950s.

After studying theatre at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Gina earned her bachelor’s degree in writing from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. She then went on to earn a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from American University in Washington, DC.

Gina’s work has been published or is forthcoming in journals such as The Comstock Review, Quarterly West, and Copper Nickel, among others. You can view a complete list of her published work by visiting the publications page of this site. In 2010, the Lambda Literary Foundation named Gina one of the year’s Emerging LGBT Voices. She also was awarded first prize in IC View’s 2010 Literature and Arts Contest for her poem, “Elegy for the Perseids.”

In her free time, Gina enjoys cooking and practicing yoga. She also travels with her wife, Mary, as often as life's other responsibilities will allow.

Current Projects

Gina is currently at work on her first memoir, Into the Ring: How Planning My Same-Sex Wedding Made Me Believe in Marriage. In 2010, as the District of Columbia began accepting its first marriage liscences from same-sex couples, Gina and Mary celebrated their fifth anniversary. Gina didn't want to get married, but she didn't share this with her partner. They were engaged before finishing their anniversary meal.

The book chronicles Gina and Mary's two-year engagement, in which they planned the wedding and were confronted with all the reasons Gina didn't want to get married in the first place: from coming out of the closet all over again, to mediating among multiple sets of divorced parents, to conflicts with gender roles, wedding culture, and religion. Through preparing for her wedding, directing the cast of vendors and family, Gina begins to understand her fears about marriage and ultimately discovers the univeral, human value of love.

Gina is also working to find a publisher for her first book-length poetry manuscript, The Maps Inside. The book’s first-person speaker navigates both the internal- and external boundaries created by immigration to the United States, language, responsibilities to family, and awakening to sexuality. The Maps Inside also deals largely with the theme of displacement, of being revoked from one’s place of origin, as the poems’ speaker searches for the ultimate place of belonging – a home.

The Maps Inside has been a semi-finalist in recent contests sponsored by the Philip Levine Poetry Book Prize and Crab Orchard Review.

From 2009-2014, Gina served as the editor for Global Network, a publication of the International Legal Studies Program at American University Washington College of Law. In this capacity she had the pleasure of interviewing and writing profiles on leaders in the field of international law.

Teaching and Tutoring

Gina is the director of the on-campus Writing Center at Mount Saint Mary College. As its primary function, the Writing Center supports current Mount students as they're completing academic writing assignments. Gina trains and supervisors a team of Writing Center tutors who facilitate one-on-one writing consulatations with their peers. The Writing Center also serves as a general home for writing on campus: collaborating with faculty on writing-across-the-curriculum initiatives and sponsoring writing-related, on-campus events.

Previously, Gina taught College Writing at American University. She also facilitated individualized writing consultations with non-native speakers of English enrolled in the International Legal Studies Program at American University Washington College of Law.

Gina is available for private tutoring sessions. She has worked with students of all ages: from adults who compose poems or memoirs in their retirement, to high school students looking to write outstanding admissions essays, to younger students whose parents just want them to stop hating writing. Please contact Gina to schedule a complementary consultation appointment. Gina is also available for tutoring via telephone or Skype.

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