Barbara Marie Minney, a native of West Virginia, writes personal and emotional poetry that describes her feelings, thoughts, and passions while struggling to live her truth as a transgender woman. She began her transition to living authentically as the woman that she now knows she was meant to be at the age of 63 after repressing her true gender identity for over 60 years.
Barbara’s poetry has been published in the "50th Anniversary Hessler Street Fair Poetry Anthology," "Women Speak: Volume 5: Women of Appalachia Project," "The Gasconade Review Presents: Ladies' Night," "Woman Scream: the International Poetry Anthology of Female Voices," "Voices of Real 4,” “For A Better World 2020:Poems and Drawings on Peace and Justice,” “Wicked Gay Ways Summer 2020 Issue," "Pluviophile: Digital Mental Health Anthology," and “Women Speak: Volume 6: Women of Appalachia Project.” Barbara’s first collection of poetry, If There’s No Heaven, was the winner of the 2020 Poetry Is Life Book Award and was published in May of 2020 by Poetry Is Life Publishing and was named by the Akron Beacon Journal as one of the Best Northeast Ohio Books in 2020. A copy may be obtained at www.poetryislifepublishing.com, and you can follow Barbara at www.barbaramarieminneypoetry.com.
Barbara previously served on the Board of Directors of the Community Aids Network/Akron Pride Initiative (CANAPI) and currently serves on the Board of Directors of PechaKucha Akron. Barbara lives in Tallmadge, Ohio, with her wife of 39 years.