Glenis Redmond is grounded in many worlds as a Poet, Teaching Artist, and Imagination Activist. As a Poet, her feet are firmly planted on both the page and the stage. As a Teaching Artist, her educational reach extends into the classroom, where she teaches both students and teachers to open to their own poetry within. As an Imagination Activist she uses the bright bloom of her heart and soul to unlock the doors of creativity in others in the community-at-large. She is a gentle pen pusher.
Glenis Redmond is the First Poet Laureate of Greenville, South Carolina. She is a Kennedy Center Teaching Artist, and a Cave Canem alumni. She has authored six books of poetry: Backbone (Underground Epics, 2000), Under the Sun (Main Street Rag, 2002), and What My Hand Say (Press 53, 2016), Listening Skin (Four Way Books), Three Harriets & Others (Finishing Line Press), and Praise Songs for Dave the Potter, Art by Jonathan Green, and Poetry by Glenis Redmond (University of Georgia Press). The Listening Skin was longlisted for the Pen America Open Book Award and the Julie Suk Award.
Glenis received the highest arts award in South Carolina, the Governor’s Award and was inducted into the South Carolina Academy of Authors.
Glenis is an Army Veteran Reservist. She is living with cancer and was diagnosed with Stage 3 Multiple Myeloma in July of 2019. Glenis is a cancer advocate, as she works to help improve the lives of people living with cancer. Her motto is Bloom Anyhow.
She is a “Charlie Award” recipient awarded by the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival and was recently a recipient of the Peacemaker Award by the Upstate Mediation Center in 2022. Glenis is the mother of twin daughters, Amber Sherer and Celeste Sherer Farmand. She is the Gaga of Julian, Paisley and Quinn. Other than poetry her passions are gardening, dancing and collecting art and Fluevogs.