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Understanding the Power of Poetry

Michael Glaser, former Poet Laureate of Maryland encourages Marylanders to read, write, and listen to poetry. Using his own works as well as the writings of other poets, Glaser engages audiences in discussions about the power of poetry to help us explore and reflect upon what it means to be human. Appropriate for adult and high school audiences.

Michael S. Glaser served as Poet Laureate of Maryland from 2004 to 2009. Retired from St. Mary's College of Maryland where he served as both a professor and administrator for 38 years, Glaser also served as Maryland State Arts Council Poet-in-the-Schools for more than 20 years. He is a recipient of the Homer Dodge Endowed Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Columbia Merit Award for service to poetry. Widely sought as a speaker and workshop leader, he has edited two anthologies and published over 500 poems in a variety of venues. His most recent books are Being a Father, and the chapbook "Fire Before the Hands" which won the 2007 Anabiosis Press Chapbook contest. His next chapbook, "Remembering Eden" will be published by Finishing Line Press. Glaser has five grown children and six grandchildren. He is married to the educator, Kathleen W. Glaser, who works with the Center for Courage and Renewal.


Michael S. Glaser is a former Maryland Poet Laureate.  Recently retired from St. Mary's College of Maryland where he served as both a professor and administrator for 38 years, Glaser also served as Maryland State Arts Council Poet-in-the-Schools for more than 20 years.  He is a recipient of the Homer Dodge Endowed Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Columbia Merit Award for service to poetry.  Widely sought as a speaker and workshop leader, he has edited two anthologies and published over 500 poems in a variety of venues.  His most recent books are Being a Father, and the chapbook "Fire Before the Hands" which won the 2007 Anabiosis Press Chapbook contest.  His next chapbook, "Remembering Eden" will be published by Finishing Line Press.  Glaser has five grown children and six grandchildren.  He is married to the educator, Kathleen W. Glaser, who works with the Center for Courage and Renewal.