Our annual Pride Foundation (https://pridefoundation.org) Literary Fundraiser, as always, brings an incredible lineup. We’ll be hearing from local LGBTQ-identified authors Amy Schutzer, Nastashia Minto, Stephen O’Donnell, and Gillian Herbert. This is a powerhouse event every year and with these readers, this year will continue the tradition. We’ll hear from all of them, and also hear from and about Pride Foundation, and learn about the important work they do for the LGBTQ community in this part of the country.
In this poetic memoir, Nastashia Minto strips herself of who she used to be and gives readers permission to see her naked. Exploring topics of family, faith, race, sexuality, abuse, love, and identity, Minto’s words dig up rootbound emotions in need of better soil. This collection welcomes difficult conversations and allows space for unboxing uncertainties. By making herself transparent on the page, Minto inspires readers to become naked too.
Nastashia Minto is an African American woman who was born in South Georgia and raised there by her grandparents. She grew up in poverty and around drugs, alcohol, and family violence. Her life experiences led her to obtain an associate’s degree in occupational therapy and a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She has been writing since she was nine years old and has found that her writing offers her another way to help people. Currently residing in Portland, Oregon, she has been a featured reader at many popular local reading series, including Unchaste Readers, Grief Rites, and Incite. Her writing has been published in SUSAN and in the Unchaste Anthology, volume III. Naked is her first book.