Aligning With The Muse: The (secret) Joys of Revision

October 12, 2013, at 11 a.m.
Fratelli’s Italian Restaurant, 1309 S. Salisbury Blvd., (near the university on Rt. 13), Salisbury, MD 21801
(410) 341-0807

MD Poet Laureate Michael S. Glaser speaks at 11 a.m., at Fratelli’s Restaurant in Salisbury, MD. All writers and guests are welcome to attend this free event.

“Aligning with the Muse” will be an interactive presentation that focuses on those qualities that make writing magical and captivating, while still distinguishing between “the writing business” and the “business of writing.” Several of Michael Glaser’s books will be available for sale at the meeting, among them two anthologies he edited, Weavings 2000: The Maryland Millennial Anthology and Come Celebrate with Me: A VOICES memorial tribute to Lucille Clifton, as well as a few collections of his own writing including Fire Before the Hands (winner of the 2007 Anabiosis Press Chapbook Contest) and disrupting consensus (the 2008 Teacher’s Voice Chapbook Winner). Mr. Glaser looks “forward to staying for lunch and talking with ESWA members.”

In addition to serving as Poet Laureate of Maryland from 2004-2009, Michael S. Glaser is a Professor Emeritus at St. Mary’s College of Maryland where he served as both a professor of English and an administrator for nearly 40 years. A recipient of the Homer Dodge Endowed Award for Excellence in Teaching, Glaser is widely sought as a speaker, workshop and retreat leader. His current interests include exploring the interdependent nurturing that derives from mindful writing and attentive self-reflection.

Over 500 of Glaser’s poems have been published in such literary journals and newspapers as the American Scholar, New Letters, Prairie Schooner, Christian Science Monitor, The Antioch Review, The Progressive Magazine and Sacred Journey, as well as in numerous anthologies including Unsettling America (Viking Penguin), Outsiders (Milkweed Editions) and Light Gathering Poems (Holt).

His works include A Lover’s Eye (The Bunny & Crocodile Press), In the Men’s Room and Other Poems which was the winner of the 1996 Painted Bride Quarterly chapbook competition, and Being a Father (2004). Most recently, Glaser served as co-editor, with Kevin Young, of the Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton (BOA, 2012).

Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1943, Glaser received his B.A. from Denison University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Kent State University. He lives in St. Mary’s City, Maryland with his wife, the educator Kathleen W. Glaser who works with the Center for Courage and Renewal. He is the proud father of five grown children, Brian, Joshua, Daniel, Amira and Eva, and nine grandchildren.

All are welcome to stay and chat with Michael after the presentation. Spend some time sampling Fratelli’s famous award winning crab cakes and homemade pasta while developing relationships with writers of like mind, making valuable professional connections, sharing information, and just having fun on a Saturday afternoon.

The Eastern Shore Writers’ Association (ESWA) holds monthly writing programs, sponsors the Bay to Ocean Writers Conference, and publishes The Delmarva Review, a literary journal for all writers. As a nonprofit organization, it supports writers and the literary arts across the Delmarva Peninsula. For more information, see the ESWA website, visit the ESWA blog at, or email Gerald F. Sweeney, President, ESWA, at