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We Were Both Enriched by Experience of Teaching Poetry to Kids at Summer Camp

Marilyn and I completed our 4-week gig teaching poetry to kids at the Patterson Park Community Center Summer Camp. It was something way outside our comfort zone, but we both feel enriched by the experience. We are glad we did it, but at the same time, we are glad we are done.

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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