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Transgender Poet, Barbara Marie Minney, Thrilled to be on WANA LIVE: Watch Now!

Updated: Dec 31, 2022

Last night, I was thrilled to be featured on the live reading series, WANA LIVE, presented by the Writers Association of Northern Appalachia (WANA). I am so glad that I discovered WANA at last year’s Lit Youngstown Fall Literary Festival. I had the priviledge of moderating their workshop. WANA is a wonderful organization that “serves writers throughout northern Appalachia and beyond.” I was honored and humbled to have this opportunity to share a selection of poems from my award-winning collection, “If There’s No Heaven.”

I especially want to thank the co-hosts for this live reading, Christina Fisanick and Damian Dressick, for inviting me to be a reader. The energy was incredible and kept at a very high level, which is not always the case at poetry readings. It may have been one of my best reading experience ever. I hope to particape more with WANA in the future.

Last night’s event may be viewed on YouTube at:

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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