GLENIS REDMOND is a poet, educator, performer, and counselor. She presents her poetry in performances that cause the printed word to spring from the page and dance, sing, weep, and laugh. Glenis tells stories with poetry – from her life, her family, her African-American heritage, and her sensitive observations of the world around her – inspiring audiences of all ages. In her workshops and performances, she encourages participants to know themselves and their origin, thereby finding their own inspiration and their own stories. She has won numerous awards including The Carrie McCray Literary Award in Poetry, a study fellowship from Vermont Writing Center, study scholarships to the Atlantic Center for the Arts among others. She is the 1997 and the 1998 Southeast Regional Individual Poetry Slam Champion and placed in the Top 10 for the National Individual Slam Championship. Her recently released second CD is “Monumental, ” which follows “Glenis On Poetry” her first CD exploring her philosophy of poetry and education. She has published three chapbooks: Naming It, If I Ain’t African, and a children’s chapbook Word Power. Her full-length book of poetry is Backbone (Underground Epics). She has released a video of performance poetry, “Mama’s Magic”, and an audio tape of poetry entitled “Coming Forth”. Glenis performs throughout the United States, England, and Italy.