VIDEO: Women Unbound 1-Year Anniversary Event – “Transformation”

If you follow me on social media, you may have seen me talking about a talk I delivered last Saturday in my hometown. The video is live, for those who may be interested in checking it out.

It was an incredible opportunity to return to Toledo for this talk.  I’m incredibly grateful to Lorraine Cipriano and Kayla Williams, the organizers of Women Unbound who invited me to speak both at last year’s launch and this year’s anniversary.  Special thanks also to Randy Nissen from Toledo Early College High School, who records the Women Unbound talks and brings a boatload of TECHS kids (who, I might add, I always find to be some of the most intelligent, mature, and overall amazing high school kids I’ve ever met.)

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Help fund an Inter-Generational Poetry event in Northwest Ohio

Though I love my hometown, it’s not exactly known as a literary place. Sure, Toledo is the birthplace of authors like Millie Benson, but it can be incredibly difficult as a young woman to find a literary community to fit into.

That’s why, at the end of last year, two Toledo-area women started the Women Unbound reading series, which is dedicated to showcasing female writers and artists in the Toledo, Northwest Ohio, and Southeast Michigan area. Their events are every two months, and the most recent was in February.

Their next event, which will take place in April, is an intergenerational poetry reading that will feature the work of women from 9 to 99. Lorraine and Kayla, who started Women Unbound, want to take this reading a little further and present the work of each reader in a chapbook to be given free to people who attend the reading.

Please help Women Unbound raise money for printing, promotions, and more via their campaign at GoFundMe.

You can watch Lorraine and Kayla performing their own poetry from the December event here: