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Updated: Dec 31, 2022

This will be a remarkably busy weekend for me.

I will be reading my poem “Blackwater River Canyon” with my Appalachian sister poets and writers at the Women of Appalachia Project Women Speak live event on June 17th at the historic Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville, Ohio, beginning at 7 PM. The Stuart Opera House is located at 46 Public Square, Nelsonville, Ohio 45764.

From there, I will be traveling to Cincinnati to read my poems “Transgender Christian,” “Bubble Wrap,” and “Real Woman” on June 18th at the Pride Art Celebration at the Mount Auburn Presbyterian Church beginning at 3 PM. The church is located at 103 William Howard Taft Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45219.

And, don’t forget my award-winning poetry collection “If There’s No Heaven” is available at Shelf Life in Cuyahoga Falls, and through my website.

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 Follow her at

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