Akron Soul Train truly is a hidden gem in downtown Akron. There is always an incredible and amazing exhibit to see. Marilyn and I attended the Opening Reception Open House last week to see the Suitcase Project and the Members Show, which I am honored and humbled to be a part of. I am considered to be a Member by virtue of my application for a residency, which has not been accepted the last two years. Of course, I was disappointed, but I never for a moment thought about not continuing to support Akron Soul Train. Okay, that is probably not true. I did think about it for at least a moment if not more. However, the Gallery is such an incredible place that I could not ignore it for long, and I plan on continuing to apply for a residency.
My poem "Tomato Sandwich" is Marilyn's favorite poem, and she has a framed copy of it on the dining room wall. This was a birthday present that she specifically requested last year.
The Members Show at Akron Soul Train will run from June 9th to July 3rd. It, along with the Suitcase Project Exhibit, is well worth a trip to downtown Akron.
Barbara Marie Minney is a transgender woman, poet, writer, speaker, and quiet activist. She is a retired attorney and originally from West Virginia. 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 the Akron Beacon Journal Best Northeast Ohio Books 2020. It is available at www.poetryislifepublishig.com. Follow her at www.barbaramarieminneypoetry.com.