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I always feel validated and inspired when someone comes up to me after a poetry reading and thanks me because they have a son, daughter, or friend who is coming out or part of the LGBTQ+ community. This is why I do what I do, and I’m so grateful to those who give me the opportunity and the platform to do it.



Barbara Marie Minney is a transgender woman, award-winning poet, writer, speaker, teaching artist, guest reader/editor, and quiet activist. She is a retired attorney and a seventh generation Appalachian. 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 an Akron Beacon Journal Best Northeast Ohio Book of 2020. Barbara is also the author of the "Poetic Memoir Chapbook Challenge (2021)," "Dance Naked with God (2023)," and "A Woman in Progress (2024)." Follow her at

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