\"It\'s the way her words draw you into a seemingly innocuous subject and singe with the fury of intelligence scorned. It\'s in another league.\"
London Time Out, 1996
When performance poet Glenis Redmond enters the room, the space expands, gets lighter, begins to glow. High, positive energy bounces off the walls, people stir, lean forward in their seats. Then she speaks, and her poems dance, the words creating vivid images, much like the chameleon figures she evokes as she delivers them. Her voice like a superb lower-pitched musical instrument fluctuates from soft to loud, subtle to strong, joyful to painful, all the while painting word pictures, dancing, singing, and involving her audience.
Redmond\'s poetry is richly textured, earthy, fierce, passionate. Her poems come from her daily existence as a single mom, a daughter, a woman, an artist and her African-American heritage. The poetry burst forth at age 12, but got buried for several years as she pursued her master\'s degree from Texas Tech University. She worked for seven years counseling adolescents and their families, focusing on chemical and behavioral problems.
Then, one day she was driving down Monument Ave. in Richmond, VA, going to pick up her grades from her first semester working on a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. \"That still, small voice we all have inside spoke to me for the first time in my life,\" she mused. \"Spirit spoke to me and said I was on the wrong road ironic because here I was on this road lined with statues of men who were considered heroes of the Confederacy!\"
That powerful experience, combined with her pregnancy with twins and a serious illness, moved her to quit the doctoral program and devote her life to poetry. That was 1995. Obviously, her passion for poetry runs deep. \"Poetry is a medium that will heal the world, and above all, poetry is rhythm. It is all those silent moments that you wanted to say but didn\'t know how and then they just lap up against your shore like gray waves. Beating Beating Beating.\"
She is the recipient of numerous poetry awards, including the Carrie McCray Literary Award in poetry, and study scholarships from the Vermont Writing Center and Atlantic Center for the Arts. She also spent study time with Natalie Goldberg, one of America\'s foremost writing gurus. She is the 1997 and 1998 Southeast Regional Individual Poetry Slam Champion, and placed in the top ten twice in National Individual Slam Championships.
Redmond has three chapbooks to her credit as an author: \"Naming It\", \"If I Ain\'t African\", and \"Word Power\". Her first full-length book of poetry, \"Backbone\", published by Underground Epics, is now available. She is listed in A Directory of American Poets and Fiction Writers, a prestigious juried publication, as both a poet and performance poet.
A feature-length video, called Mama\'s Magic, includes many different poetry performances, musings about her life and poetry, and snippets of her family life. Mama\'s Magic was recently aired by the acclaimed North Carolina Visions PBS show; it was one of ten independent films selected from across the state to earn this honor. Redmond also offers an audiotape of poetry entitled \"Coming Forth\".
Redmond presents a variety of performances to audiences of all ages in venues ranging from top performing arts centers to juvenile detention centers. She teaches both professional and amateur writers from ages 8 to 80+ to find their own story, their own poetic voice in workshops across the country. Her Heroes and Sheroes performance pays tribute to African-Americans who inspire her. Her library poems encourage the love of reading in young audiences. Redmond also performs with award-winning Blues musician Scott Ainslie in a full theatre production called Southern Voices: Black, White, and Blues.
FarragoPoetry Festival , London, England
Nuyorican Poet\'s Café, New York, NY
Palmdale Playhouse, Palmdale, CA
Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center,Tampa, FL
Peace Center, Greenville, SC
Poetry Circus, Taos, NM
College of Charleston, Charleston,SC
Acadiana Arts Council, Lafayette, LA
Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH
University of Delaware, DE
Artsplosure, Raleigh, NC
Girls on the Move, Central Park, NY
Martin County Library, Stuart, FL
Association for Experiential Education International Conference, Charleston, WV
Women And Addiction National Conference, Kanuga, Hendersonville, NC
D. Michael Warner Foundation Conference, North Carolina Center for Non-Profits Conference, Charlotte, NC
Women\'s Leadership , Furman University, Greenville, SC