Gloe Cormie, is a poet who is also a visual artist. Her poetry book, Sea Salt, Red Oven Mitts and the Blues, was a finalist for several awards, and her work is represented in many journals and anthologies in Canada and the USA. She has read her work in a number of cities, including Vancouver, Toronto, Chicago, New York, Seoul, and for Thin Air International Writers Festival, and received awards and prizes for her work. She has also served on a few juries, most recently as a juror for the Pat Lowther Award, which she presented to Karen Solie, at the LCP Conference in June 2010.
Gloe facilitates a dynamic Poem Making Residency under the Manitoba Artists in the Schools Program and she is a Creative Writing instructor. Her philosophy of writing entails freeing up a student’s creative spark into a flame of writing energy.
Gloe has completed a manuscript of ghazal poems, titled Whirling Dervish Footwork. Her ghazal poem, Direction Ghazal, was chosen as winner for Winnipeg’s Poetry in Motion, 2008. Her current project is a memoir that includes poems, and visual art. Its working title is The Dog God Journey—navigating through a life-threatening situation. In addition to poetry, she has published non-fiction and fiction, participated in art shows, and performed as a storyteller.