Broadside: George Mason University's Student Newspaper
Volume 83, Issue 4: Monday, September 22, 2008

Virginia Poet Breaks Through at Fall for the Book

  Bill Glose Inspires Mason Authors
  by Nick Walker, Staff Writer
Aspiring writers and poetry fans won't want to miss Bill Glose when he comes to George Mason University this week for Fall for the Book.

A year after publishing his first book of poetry, The Human Touch, Glose will be featured at the "Breaking into Poetry" discussion panel at Fall for the Book. An author, publisher and editor, Glose ooks forward to sharing his insight with Mason students.

"It's easy to be overcome with other events," said Glose, a resident of Poquoson, VA. "But if you make writing the number one thing in your day and work everything else around it, you will always get some writing in. That's the key to success."

Glose speaks from experience. Though he began his career as an engineer and later served in the Army for five years, writing remained his passion.

"I freelanced on the side whenever I could," Glose said. "Even though I followed what I thought was the wise path—engineering, going into the military for a guaranteed security—I always had these stories bouncing around in the back of my head. When I started writing them down, I found I had a lot to say, and it was all I could think about."

In 1998, Glose founded Virginia Adversaria, a literary journal featuring stories and poems of interest to Virginia residents. Adversaria ran for three years, after which Glose became a contributing editor at Virginia Living magazine.

Glose has several other projects in the works. He is currently looking to publish his second book, a collection of short stories entitled Shooting the Dead. He is also working on a novel called Remnants of War and another book of poetry, Personal Geography.

Joining Glose on the panel is Ann Shalaski, author of World Made of Glass and Robert Giron, founder of local publishing company, Gival Press. Together, Shalaski and Glose have done a book tour of Virginia.

"The big question that always comes up is, 'How do I get published?'" Glose said. "It's what all beginning writers want to know. So we developed this program on how to get published, giving you the persepctive on the other side of the fence."

The "Breaking into Poetry" discussion will take place on Thursday, Sept. 25 at 4:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall Grand Tier III.

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