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Poets Alphin, Glose see Virginia through different eyes, by Jackie Mohan, The Virginian-Pilot

Poquoson Poet Bill Glose Wins Honor for Military Composition, by Mike Holtzclaw, Daily Press

Cutting to the Bones, by Chris Rice Cooper

Special night of poetry on Peninsula in the Daily Press

Panel at book festival looks at moving past PTSD in The Daily Progress

Half a Man Book Review by Every Free Chance Book Reviews

The Human Touch Book Review
Appears on last page of Virginia Libraries.

Glose Receives F. Scott Fitzgerald Award (pdf; 1100 KB)   Article by Kathy Lee Hull, The Poquoson Post.

Daily Press names three winners in its poetry contest
Bill Glose, First Place (2011 Daily Press Poet Laureate).

Port Folio Featured Poet (pdf; 407 KB)
Article by Port Folio Weekly staff.

New works from Tidewater poets in the Daily Press

Virginia Poet Breaks Through at Fall for the Book
Article by Nick Walker, The Broadside.

BIO NOTES Born into an Air Force family in California, Bill Glose spent most of his childhood hopping around different bases overseas—Japan, then Okinawa, then England. In 1979, his father was stationed at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton Roads, and ever since Bill has called Virginia his home.

He joined ROTC at Virginia Tech in hopes of becoming a fighter pilot like his father. His eyes weren't good enough, so he joined the 82d Airborne instead. If he couldn't fly the planes, he figured he'd jump out of them. His father still can't understand why anyone would jump out of a perfectly good airplane.

He graduated with a BS in Civil Engineering and worked in that field for a short four months, right up until days before he had to report for duty at Fort Benning. Afterwards, the only engineering Bill experienced came from digging foxholes.

After five years as a paratrooper and commanding a platoon in combat, Bill moved on to manufacturing. He was a line supervisor in a Chicago factory and then a plant manager in Massachusetts. In 1998, he walked away from his successful management position to dedicate his life to writing.

Returning to Virginia, Bill broke in with online publications by writing articles about sports, movies, and local events. He wrote movie reviews for Hampton Roads Life and sports articles about his favorite team, the Hokies, for TechSideLine. The online markets didn’t pay for his work, but they provided Bill with experience, teaching him how to focus on readership and editorial guidelines while meeting deadlines. Gradually, he became a regular contributor with regional publications and started earning a paycheck from his freelance work.

Bill took up photography to make his articles more marketable, but soon he found himself taking pictures for the sheer pleasure of it. Many of his photos have appeared in print publications, but Bill is most proud of winning a prize and selling some of his work at a juried art show. His framed artwork has also appeared in a one-man art show at the Poquoson Library.

In 1999, Bill launched the literary journal, Virginia Adversaria, serving for three years as editor and publisher. He calls it the greatest learning experience in his writing career. Judging other people's work and analyzing what was right or wrong with each piece provided tremendous insight when he turned that same critical eye toward his own work.

In 2010-2011, Bill walked 1,500 miles through every region of Virginia and wrote about his experiences in essays for magazines and poems for literary journals. His odyssey was the basis for his poetry collection Virginia Walkabout.

Since becoming a professional writer, Bill has published hundreds of short stories, articles, essays, and poems in numerous markets. His military background influences much of his writing, as evidenced by the short story "Her Brother's Apartment" (winner of the 2018 Robert Bausch Fiction Award) and "I.E.D." (winner of the Heroes' Voices Poetry Award). His factory experiences show up also, such as in the short story “Rejection Letters” (published by Chiron Review) and the poem “Keeping Appointments” (published by Main Street Rag). Bill’s prose and poetry have also appeared in The Sun, The Writer, GRIT, The Missouri Review, Rattle, Narrative Magazine, among others. Literary honors include the F. Scott Fitzgerald Short Story Award, Daily Press Poet Laureate, and the Virginia Press Association First Place Award for Sports News Writing. He has published four books and two chapbooks of poetry and edited one short story anthology (Bill's Books).

Currently, Bill is a contributing editor with Virginia Living, a features writer for Super Lawyers, and a writing coach for Professional English. When he is not writing on assignment, pitching freelance ideas, or writing for himself, he’s probably watching a movie or a Hokie football game.


The writing process involves hours and days and months of sitting in front of a computer, pounding on the keyboard, and shaping thoughts into words. The completion of a story is an exhilarating moment, but the road there is difficult and often dull. The research behind the writing is another matter.
Background research has taken me to some of the most interesting places I've ever visited, such as a behind the scenes tour of a forensics lab. Being a writer has also opened up many doors for me and created exciting opportunities. I've been invited to speak at prisons, schools, conferences, and to a wide range of groups and organizations. I've been granted access to restricted areas, such as courtside at NCAA basketball games and backstage at concert venues. And I've met amazing people with incredible stories to tell, from ordinary Joes to millionaire celebrities, from philosophers and inventors to concentration camp survivors. I've cherished all of these experiences and look forward to the adventures that lie ahead.