When you’re a kid into art, it’s hard to imagine doing that and getting paid for it like a job. (We all know that old adage about starving artists). This is possibly even more true for those who like writing poetry. You don’t often hear about professional poets.

Well, today’s an exception. My guest Glenis Redmond is an award-winning, professional poet, and teaching artist. In this episode, she talks about being drawn to poetry from an early age, her biggest inspiration for diving into a poetry career, and how she approaches teaching poetry in workshops and the classroom. I hope you love this conversation as much as I did!

This episode was part of the Art Class Curator before we rebranded to Art and Self

2:49​ – How Glenis made the transition from counselor to professional poet artist

8:25 – The discipline of being an artist and how dialing in on your desire affects other people

10:16 – Why Glenis decided to start teaching poetry

14:22 – The intangible objective to working with teachers and students on poetry

16:23 – The keys to getting students to go deep and share their vulnerability through poetry

22:53 – Why introverts are big storytellers and the power of giving students agency

25:04 – How visual arts and poetry intersect and influence Glenis’ work

32:24 – Using praise poetry as a tool to connect with visual art in the classroom

36:10 – How praise poetry speeds up the social-emotional learning process

42:12 – The artwork that changed Glenis’ life

This episode was published before we moved the full show notes over to artandself.com. Transcript and full show notes are available at https://artclasscurator.com/86-partnering-poetry-and-visual-art/