Glenis Redmond (8-27-63 / Shaw A.F.B., Sumter, S.C.)
Biography of Glenis Redmond
Glenis Redmond is an award-winning performance poet, praise poet, teacher, and writer. For the past twelve years, she has traveled both domestically and abroad, performing and teaching. Her poetry won the Carrie McCray literary award and she is also the two-time recipient of fellowships from both the Vermont Writing Center and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Glenis has been published in numerous literary journals and publications including Stanford University's Black Arts Ouarterly, Obsidian II: Black literature in Review, Emrys Journal, Bum Rush The Page: Def Poetry Jam, Appalachian Journal, Appalachian Heritage, Kakalak: An Anthology of Carolina Poets, 2006 and African Voices.
As a performer, Glenis Redmond was the Southeast Regional Individual Poetry Slam Champion in 1997 and 1998, and placed in the top ten twice in the National Individual Slam Championships. She currently presents a variety of performances for audiences of all ages in venues ranging from top performing arts centers to juvenile detention centers. Glenis has performed in many diverse locations including the Paddington Arts Festival in England, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York City, the Poetry Circus Festival in Taos, New Mexico, and the Peace Center in her native South Carolina.
As a teacher, Glenis Redmond has recently been invited to join the national touring roster for the Kennedy Center's Partnership in Education Teacher Training. She helps both professional and amateur writers from 9-90 find their own poetic voices through workshops and classes across the nation.
Glenis Redmond has published three chapbooks, and a full-length book of poetry entitled Backbone. Her latest full-length work, Under the Sun, is to be released. Also to her credit is an award-winning feature-length video entitled Mama's Magic, which was recently aired by PBS Television. Glenis has also released two CDs of her poetry. Her latest CD is entitled Monumental. She has most recently won the NC Literary Award 2005.
Glenis Redmond's Works:
Glenis on Poetry, CD
Mama's Magic, Video
WordPower - Chapbook for Kids
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Burying the Dead
Memorial for slave cemetery in Asheville, N.C.
In our town
out of sight
past Wyoming Street
up on the hill behind St. John’s Baptist Church
lay aged bricks, rocks and baskets of bones,
where the dead are not truly dead,
their silent mouths far from quiet.
Speaking crow they wrestle the blueness from night