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  Gary Mex GlaznerGary Mex Glazner makes his living as a poet. Ears on Fire: Snapshot Essays in a World of Poets, which was published in August of 2002 by La Alameda Press of Albuquerque, is his first book. The book is a collection of poems, travel stories, translations and photos from a year abroad traveling through Asia and Europe. From January 1998 to January 1999, Glazner and his wife Margaret visited 18 countries, meeting with poets and working on translations. Glazner won the individual series in the first Poetry Olympics held in Stockholm in October 1998.

Pontiac featured Glazner's poetry in April 2002 on the Beat Fest; a 17-city traveling festival organized by the New York based Knitting Factory. The tour also featured the jazz trio "Vibes." For photos and video clips see, Glazner was featured along with Gary Snyder, Anne Waldman and Sherman Alexie at the 20th anniversary of Tucson Poetry Festival. Glazner is the curator of a series of fine-print poetry broadsides to be issued by the Palace of the Governors, Museum in Santa Fe starting in 2003.

From November of 1999 to June of 2001 Glazner was Poet-in- Residence at the Inn on the Alameda, in Santa Fe. The hotel placed his poems on the guest's pillows. They gave away 45,862 poems from his southwestern series. Glazner edited the anthology entitled "Poetry Slam: The Competitive Art of Performance Poetry" which documents the first ten years of the National Poetry Slam which was published in July of 2000 by Manic D Press. Glazner organized SlamAmerica, a poetry bus ride across America, which featured 37 readings over 30 day period in 36 cities. Sponsored by Grand Mariner, the tour took place in the summer of 2000 and over 100 poets participated.

Glazner is the director and executive producer of a documentary film on the tour. The film "Busload of Poets," was selected by the Santa Fe Film Festival and had its world premiere in December 2001 on opening night of the festival. The film won a best of festival award at the Media Co-op Digital Film Festival held in Memphis in August 2002. Glazner along with Amalia Ortiz won the 2001 Tag-Team Championship Vs Quincy Troupe and Pat Payne at the Taos Poetry Circus. In the fall of 2001, Glazner worked with the YMCA teaching children ages 5 to 12, and with the program Read, Write, Succeed. He is writing a book for Sherman Asher Press to be released in the spring of 2003 entitled, "How to Make your Living as a Poet."

Glazner is a graduate of Sonoma State University's Expressive Arts program with an emphasis in poetry. In 1990, Glazner produced the first National Poetry Slam in San Francisco. His work has appeared in New Mexico Magazine, Poetry Flash, The Bay Guardian, The Harwood Review, and Aloud! Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café, which won the 1994 America Book Award. His poems have been translated into Chinese, Moldavian, Nepali, and Vietnamese. In 1997, Poets and Writers Inc. awarded him a grant to work with Alzheimer patients using poetry.

Glazner born was born in Oklahoma in 1957. His middle name Mex is shortened from New Mexico. His great-grand parents homesteaded in Stanley, New Mexico in the early 1900's and named their son Mex. The name has been passed down since then.
He lives outside of Santa Fe with his wife Margaret and their dog Federico.

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