Glenda Reed is an award-winning, feminist writer, artist, educator, and adventurer. Her work has been supported by the Jerome Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, among others, and has twice been recognized by the Minnesota State Arts Board with an Artist Initiative Award. Her work has appeared in literary journals and anthologies, including Creative Nonfiction and The Best Travel Writing. Glenda is also a winner of The Moth StorySLAM. She teaches writing classes with COMPAS, The Loft Literary Center, and Minnesota State University. Previously she served as a mentor with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop and now mentors privately. She is a Loft Literary Center Mentor Series Fellow (2015) and holds a BA from Beloit College. Her in-progress memoir follows the years she set out to sail around the world by hitchhiking on sailboats. At a time when the backlash against women’s social progress and feminism is at a peak, Reed is writing her own true-life story of one woman who charted her own course for adventure. You can follow the progress of her memoir at and Glenda currently lives in Minneapolis where she sails little boats on little lakes.

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Glenda Reed, photo by Carl Atiya Swanson, Springboard for the Arts