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The Motion of Poetry

The Motion of Poetry

Posted April 24, 2009 B By Vivian Vega

Watch as award winning performance poet Glenis Redmond brings poetry to life during a free performance at The Library’s café on Thursday, May 7th at 7 p.m.
Ms. Redmond, an Artist-in-Residence at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, will bring audiences to their feet as she floats, glides and pounds her way across the stage. A poet since she was 12, Ms. Redmond tells stories with poetry about her life, her family and her African-American heritage, inspiring audiences of all ages.

More about Ms Redmond:

Glenis began writing poetry at the age of 12. She worked for seven years as a family counselor. While enrolled in a doctoral program in psychology, she rediscovered her love for poetry. Pregnancy with twins and a serious illness helped her find the strength to follow her heart and dedicate her life to poetry.Glenis has been published most recently in Meridians, African Voices, EMRYS, Asheville Poetry Review, 2006 Kakalak: A Journal of Carolina Poets, Appalachian Heritage, and the Appalachian Journal. Her newest full-length book of poetry, Under The Sun, was released in 2008 by Main Street Press. Glenis has also published a full-length book of poetry, Backbone, and several chapbooks of original poetry, including one for children, Word Power. Glenis’ first CD, Glenis On Poetry, explores her philosophy of poetry and education. Her second CD, Monumental, features her performance of original poetry written in tribute to those who lift us up: mothers and grandmothers, sisters and brothers, and those in the world who dare to write, to speak, to dance, to sing for us all. Glenis is the subject of an award-winning DVD, Mama's Magic. Her work has aired on National Public Radio.

Glenis has won numerous awards including the North Carolina Literary Award and a Denny C. Plattner Award for Outstanding Poetry, awarded by the Appalachian Heritage Journal. She is a national workshop leader with the Kennedy Center's Partners in Education Program in Washington, D.C. She is a past winner of the Southern Fried Poetry Slam and a top-ten finalist in the National Poetry Slam.