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Meet the Judges — Michael Glaser

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Michael S. Glaser was named Poet Laureate of Maryland in August, 2004. Dr. Glaser has served as head of the Division of Arts and Letters, and chair of the English department at St. Mary's College of Maryland, where he taught for 38 years and where he co-founded and directed the bi-annual Literary Festival and the annual Voices reading series. He is a recipient of the Homer Dodge Endowed Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Columbia Merit Award from the Poetry Committee of the Greater Washington, D.C. area for his service to poetry. Widely sought as a speaker, Glaser has served as a Maryland State Arts Council poet-in-the-schools for over 20 years, has twice served as a guest artist at the Maryland Artist and Teacher's Institute, and is active with the Maryland Humanities Council's Speaker's Bureau.

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 and First Things 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), and  In the Men's Room and Other Poems, which was the winner of the 1996 Painted Bride Quarterly chapbook competition. His most recent collection of poems, are Being a Father,  which was published in July 2004, and the chapbook, "Fire before the Hands" which won the Anabiosis Press, 2007 chapbook prize. His chapbook, "Remembering Eden" will be available from Finishing Line Press in July of 2008.

Glaser has also edited two anthologies of Maryland poets, The Cooke Book (1989) and Weavings 2000:  The Maryland Millennial Anthology.

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 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 six grandchildren.