Athena Edmonds

Athena Edmonds is an advocate for LGBTQ Youth, currently serving on the Board of Greater Boston PFLAG, and on the MA Commission on LGBTQ Youth. Advocated with the legislature, the insurance industry, and the medical establishment to address LGBTQ healthcare disparities. Presented to insurance companies, the Massachusetts Department of Insurance, and many hospitals in the Boston area including McLean and Mass. General Hospital. Athena is also a writer. Since completing her MFA in Creative Writing at Leslie University, her poetry has appeared in several literary journals. She has completed residencies at Ragdale, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and Hedgebrook. She co-founded a poetry program at the Concord MA Massachusetts Correctional Institution and taught as a volunteer to men incarcerated for life at Baystate Correctional Center for seven years with PEN New England.