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.  She has read her poetry at PechaKucha Akron Volume 14, the Vibe Collective’s “Poemed Into Being” and “Poetry For All,” Collide’s “Spoken Word,” the High Arts Festival, the Hessler Street Fair Poetry Competition, 2020 West Schaaf Gallery + Studio, Latitudes Poetry Night at Compass Coffee, the Nervous Dog Coffee Bar, and the Last Exit. Books and Café.  Her poetry has been or will be published in the 50th Anniversary Hessler Street Fair Poetry Anthology, the 2019/2020 Women of Appalachia Project’s Women Speak!, the Gasconade Review #5, and the Voices of Real 4. She came out in a big way when she was featured in an article in the Akron Beacon Journal about her experiences with counseling.  Barbara practiced law for 36 years before retiring in 2014, and she shares her life in Tallmadge, Ohio, with her soulmate to whom she has been married for over 38 years, and they recently renewed their wedding vows as two women.  She and her wife also reach out to others by presenting a workshop describing how they strengthened their relationship during Barbara’s transition, and they posted a video of the presentation on YouTube.  Barbara also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Community Aids Network/Akron Pride Initiative (CANAPI) and a volunteer with PechaKucha Akron.