Greg Glazner

Poetry

  • Biography

Biography

Greg Glazner’s books of poetry are From the Iron Chair and Singularity, both published by W.W. Norton.  His awards include The Walt Whitman Award, The Bess Hokin Award from Poetry, and an NEA Fellowship. He has published recent poetry, fiction, and non-fiction in magazines including Beloit Poetry Journal, Fifth Wednesday, and Los Angeles Review of Books. His poetry collection Cellar Testament won the 2018 Rachel Wetszteon Chapbook Award from William Paterson University. An electric guitarist as well as a writer, he has collaborated with the classical composer Garrett Shatzer on an extensive blues-influenced piece in the art song tradition, At the Blinds. A past Director of Creative Writing at The College of Santa Fe and a former Richard Hugo Visiting Writer at The University of Montana, he teaches at UC Davis and in the low-residency MFA Program at Pacific Lutheran University.

Mentor. Workshops and classes in poetry.

Statement: “I love the reciprocal relationship between technical matters on the one hand, and subject matter on the other.  I’ve been focused for years on how the explosiveness of just being alive can call into question the aptness of one’s acquired technique.  Equally, I’ve been fascinated with how a technical revision—cutting a weak stanza, say, or letting the sound of a word dictate a next phrase that unmoors some of a poem’s original intended meaning—can sometimes result in vastly livlier subject matter.  I think that the most difficult and rewarding thing about being a writer is that we are forced to honor two opposite and essential necessities at once: the necessity to learn and master craft, and the necessity to be given over to a process that takes us beyond our conscious intentions into something more akin to dreaming.  I go to lengths to make sure that my workshops and mentor relationships honor this rich doubleness.”