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Updated: Dec 31, 2022

I am extremely proud to once again be one of the fabulous women who are a part of the Women of Appalachia Project. This will be my fourth year. My poem “Roadblocks” is included in “WOMEN SPEAK: VOLUME EIGHT.” This wonderful anthology is edited by Kari Gunter-Seymour, the Poet Laureate of Ohio, and published by Hayley Mitchell Haugen and Sheila-Na-Gig Editions. The Anthology contains poetry, fiction, essays, songs, and fine art by a variety of amazing women. Copies of this anthology may be ordered through Sheila-Na-Gig Online:

My involvement with the Women of Appalachia Project is particularly important to me. For all practical purposes and in many ways, being involved in this Project was the start of my poetry journey. My second published poem was in “WOMEN SPEAK: VOLUME FIVE.” More importantly, it brought me in contact with Kari Gunter-Seymour, who has been a kind of long-distance mentor, and I am extremely grateful for her support and encouragement.

Kari is the Executive Director and Founder of the Women of Appalachia Project. “The Women of Appalachia Project™ was created to address discrimination directed at women from the Appalachian region by encouraging participation from women artists of diverse backgrounds, ages and experiences to come together, to embrace the stereotype, to show the whole woman; beyond the superficial factors that people use to judge her.”

More information about the Women of Appalachia Project may be found by visiting:

Please consider purchasing a copy of this amazing anthology and supporting the Women of Appalachia Project!

Barbara Marie Minney is a transgender woman, poet, writer, speaker, and quiet activist. She is a retired attorney and a seventh generation Appalachian via West Virginia and Eastern Ohio. 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 Barbara is also the author of the "Poetic Memoir Chapbook Challenge." Follow her at

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