Florida and Upcoming Events for Transgender Poet

Updated: Mar 30


Florida


Marilyn and I have spent the past three weeks in Venice, Florida. We usually come to Florida this time of year. However, last year we elected to stay home due to the pandemic. This year’s trip was kind of a last-minute thing, as least the way that we plan. The weather has been nearly perfect. We stayed in our usual place, and we were able to enjoy the sunshine, fabulous seafood, and visit with friends. During our time down here, I also read a lot of books about Hemingway, which always seem to get my creative juices flowing. Marilyn and I were also asked to be replacement speakers and tell our story at an online sexuality training workshop. And, I continued to attend Maria Nazos’ intensive poetry workshop.


Upcoming Events


We have enjoyed our time in Florida, but there are a lot of events happening to look forward to when we get back home:


March 26, 2022

I will be reading my poem “Secret Silence” and talking about my self-portrait from the “Inside Out: An Affirming Epiphany” Anthology at the Trans Recognition Event. This event will be held at the Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church, 103 Wm. Howard Taft Road, Cincinnati, Ohio.


April 5, 2022

I really excited to be one of the featured readers at SpoFest. This event is virtual and will begin at 6:00 PM CST. Please visit the “SpoFest Poetry and Prose Group” on Facebook for more information.


April 23, 2022

I will be reading my poem “Rainbow on the Bathroom Rug: Akron Pride” that was published in “I Thought I Heard A Cardinal Sing: Ohio’s Appalachian Voices.” This event will be held at the Soap Gallery, 117 Champion Street, Youngstown, Ohio, beginning at 2:00 PM.


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April 30, 2022

I will be facilitating a workshop through the Flamingo Writers Guild of Parma entitled “Write the Poetry of Your Dreams: Using Dreams, Nightmares, and Daydreams In Your Writing.” This workshop will be held on Zoom, Time TBA.

May 7, 2022

I will again be reading my poem “Rainbow on the Bathroom Rug: Akron Pride” that was published in “I Thought I Heard A Cardinal Sing: Ohio’s Appalachian Voices.” This event will be held at the Summit Art Space, 140 E. Market Street, Akron, Ohio, beginning at 2:00 PM.


May 21, 2022

I will be reading my poem “Blackwater River Canyon” that was published in the Women of Appalachia Project’s “Women Speak, Volume 7.” This event will be held at Towngate Theater, Oglebay Institute, 2118 Market Street, Wheeling, West Virginia, beginning at 1:00 PM.


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June 23, 2022

I will again be reading my poem “Rainbow on the Bathroom Rug: Akron Pride” that was published in “I Thought I Heard A Cardinal Sing: Ohio’s Appalachian Voices.” This event will be held as part of the NFSPS Convention, 100 Green Meadows Dr. S., Lewis Center, Ohio, beginning at 8:00 PM.


July 23, 2022

I will again be reading my poem “Blackwater River Canyon” that was published in the Women of Appalachia Project’s “Women Speak, Volume 7.” This event will be held at the G.A.R. Hall, 1785 Mains Street, Peninsula, Ohio, beginning at 2:00 PM.


Hopefully, there will be many more upcoming events to share with you.






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.







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