posted February 10, 2003

Visiting Writers to Feature Glenis Redmond Feb. 27

The Hope College Visiting Writing Series will feature poet and performer Glenis Redmond on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Redmond not only writes poetry, but also performs it instead of simply reading it. "The Orlando Sentinel" has written that "Redmond doesn't read her poetry so much as she declares it full body motion."

A 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, Redmond has also spent study time with American writing guru Natalie Goldberg.

She is the 1997 and 1998 Southeast Regional Individual Poetry Slam Champion, and placed in the top 10 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." She has also written a full-length book of poetry, "Backbone," published by Underground Epics.

She is listed in "A Directory of American Poets and Fiction Writers," a 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.

The performance will be preceded by music by the Hope College Jazz Ensemble beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. 8th St.