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I am honored to be a guest reader/editor for the new words {press}( chapbook contest.


new words {press} was founded by brooklyn baggett, a trans poet & artist in New York for the purpose of elevating emerging and established trans* and gender-expansive poetic voices, to build community, and share knowledge. new words {press} publishes 3 journal issues per year (Spring, Summer, & Fall), chapbooks, & a sibling issue of young poets. I was thrilled to have my work included in issues one and two of the journal.


I am always eager to give back to my poetic and trans community and expand my literary citizenship, so this is a wonderful opportunity. I have read some marvelous manuscripts so far, and it is gratifying to know that there are so many talented trans and gender-expansive writers out there.







Barbara Marie Minney is a transgender woman, award-winning poet, writer, speaker, teaching artist, guest reader/editor, and quiet activist. She is a retired attorney and a seventh generation Appalachian. Now based in Tallmadge, Ohio, her first collection of poetry entitled “If There’s No Heaven” was the winner of the 2020 Poetry Is Life Book Award and an Akron Beacon Journal Best Northeast Ohio Book of 2020. Barbara is also the author of the "Poetic Memoir Chapbook Challenge (2021)," "Dance Naked with God (2023)," and "A Woman in Progress (2024)." Follow her at

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