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Glenis Redmond

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Glenis Redmond was born August 27, 1963, on Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, South Carolina.[1] She is a poet and a teaching artist.[2] Redmond is also a praise poet and writer who travels widely bringing poetry to as many people as she can.[3] She has twin daughters: Vivian Celeste Sherer and Maya Amber Sherer. She has one grandson: Julian Josiah.

Glenis is a Cave Canem Fellow, a North Carolina Literary Fellowship Recipient, and a Kennedy Center Teaching Artist. [4] Redmond is the Poet-in-Residence at The State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey and the Peace Center for the Performing Arts in Greenville, South Carolina.[4] During February 2016, at the request of U.S. State Department for their Speaker's Bureau, Glenis traveled to Muscat, Oman, to teach a series of poetry workshops and perform poetry for Black History Month. Glenis is a poetic fire-starter: She founded the first Greenville Poetry Slamat Wittershin's Bookstore Then, at the Village Café.She took the first all-female team to the National Poetry Slam in Middletown, Connecticut. Glenis made it to the finals as Individual. She came in 4th place in Nationals that year. In the 1990's she was a Southern Fried Poetry Slam Individual Champion twice and also placed in the top ten of the National Poetry Slam. She was one of the original founders of WordSlam, the youth slam movement in Asheville, NC that began in 2007.

In 2014-2018, she prepared student poets to read at the Library of Congress, the Department of Education and for the First Lady, Michelle Obama at The White House during the Obama years. The students now read at the Library of Congress.

In 2011, she co-founded Peace Voices, a poetry program dedicated to poetic outreach through the Education and Outreach Department The Peace Center for the Performing Arts in Greenville, South Carolina.

 Author and T&W Board member Tayari Jones selected Glenis Redmond’s essay, “Poetry as a Mirror,” as the runner-up for the 2018 Bechtel Prize. Teachers & Writers Collaborative awards the annual Bechtel Prize to the author of an essay that explores themes related to creative writing, arts education, and/or the imagination.

Glenis also helped create the first Writer-in-Residence at the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site in Flat Rock, North Carolina.  Redmond’s “Dreams Speak: My Father’s Words” was chosen for third place for the North Carolina Literary Review’s James Applewhite Prize and “Sketch,” “Every One of My Names,” and “House: Another Kind of Field will be published in NCLR in 2019. These poems are about —Harriet Tubman, the most famous conductor of the underground railroad; Harriet Jacobs, who escaped from slavery and became an abolitionist, and the author of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl; and Harriet E. Wilson, who was held as an indentured servant in the North and went on to become an important novelist, businesswoman, and religious speaker.

Themes in her works include: African-American celebration and struggle, women's issues and overcoming chronic illness. She has helped children all over the world to write poems. Glenis helped create the Writer-in-Residence Program at the Carl Sandburg House in Flat Rock, NC.



Erskine College, Department of Psychology, B.A., 1985

Texas Tech University Child and Family Studies, M., 1985-1988, ABT.

Warren Wilson College, Poetry, M.F.A., 2011

Published Works[edit]

Backbone, Aqyil Publishing, 1997 [1]

Under the Sun published by Main Street Rag

What My Hand Say published by Press 53.[2]

Audio CDs[edit]


Glenis on Poetry


Locating Dramatic Markers and Subtle Threads of Dissonance in Rita Dove’s

Sonata Mulattica. Warren Wilson College, Spring, 2010.


James Applewhite Finalist and third place winner, North Carolina Literary Journal 2018

Runner-up for the Bechtel Essay Prize, 2018

Dick Riley Diversity Leadership Fellow, 2014

Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival Winner, 2014

Women Making History Award, 2013

Danny C. Plattner Award, Best Poem in Appalachian Heritage, 2012.

Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival winner, 2011.

Cave Canem Fellow, 2010.

18th Annual Arida Arts Symposium Honoree, 2010.

Denny C. Plattner Poetry Award, 2008.

Best Poet WNC, Mt. Xpress, 1999 to 2011.

North Carolina Literary Fellowship, 2005-2006.

William Matthews Award, 2002. Vermont Studio Center Fellowship 1997.

Carrie McCray Literary Award, 1995. 

Atlantic Center for the Arts Fellowship, 1995.

Literary Journals[edit]

“I Wish you Black Sons” Obsidian Literature in Review, 2018

“Cotton & Cane”, Cave Canem Anthology XIII, 2015.

“ The Tao of the Little Black Comb”, Silver Birch Press, 2015

. “I’m Fly”, Kakalak: A Journal for Carolina Poets, 2014.

“What Hangs on Trees:  Legacies of the Southern Landscape, 2012.

“Carolinese”, North Carolina Literary Review, Upcoming Summer, 2012. 

“Inside Voice”, Qarttsiluni Online Literary Magazine, September, 2011.

“Bruised”, Qarrtsiluni Online Literary Magazine, June 2011.

“My Name’s Not Denmark,” Borderlands, Volume 1, Issue 7, 2011.

“Say Carolina”, “Authors’ Conference” & “Close as I Get to Cursing”, Fall 2011.

“Nostalgia”, Obsidian Literature and Review, Spring, 2011.

“How Not to Fall in Love with a Soldier” & “I Lost the Baby”, Fall, 2010.


Poetry as Healer, 2012 [3]

Poetry TEDx Asheville

Poetry Off the Page, Asheville Middle School

Dave the Potter

Tao of the Black Plastic Comb Archived 2018-10-22 at the Wayback Machine


Sketches (The Life of Harriet E. Wilson in Dance Poetry and Music)


  1. "Biography of Glenis Redmond". Poem Hunter. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  2. "WARRIOR POET Glenis Redmond's voice carries far and wide, from the Peace Center to the Kennedy Center". Peace Center. 1 May 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  3. "Glenis Redmond". The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Paul Hyde (19 December 2015). "Passion for poetry keeps Redmond on move". Greenville Online. Retrieved 22 April 2016.


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