About Thasia Anne

Poetess, Director, Producer,
and Social Justice Advocate.

Thasia Anne is the producer, director, and participant in “Women of Word featuring a few Man Made Words, or (WOW)”. Until the pandemic, WOW made Edinboro University of Pennsylvania campus its home. “WOW” has a troop of poets reading individual poetry woven into powerful conversations, with 2021 being the tenth year. The production moved to the Raymond Blasco Library in the Hirt Auditorium, which will now be a home base for the production.

Also in 2021 WOW will put on a second performance at PACA at the end of July and enjoy an unencumbered or masked audience. If you are in the Erie PA. area, July 31 @ 6 pm in PACA 1505 State Street, rie PA.

Thasia has been published widely, some publications include; “Picture This Anthology,” “Word Stock,” and “Delirious, a Celebration of Prince, as well as several Alien Buddha Press anthologies and Rust Belt Review #1.” Her most recent poetry books available on Amazon through Alien Buddha Press are “The Past is Calling,” “Broken Branches” and “Poetography,” “Subtle Shade of Bruise“, and “Still Standin.” “Poetography” was an Ephrastic opportunity created in collaboration with her photographer son and grandson. “Pam’s Jacket” a fun adventure was published by Gurilla Genesis Press.

Thasia Anne also has a program on (CAM) Cable Access Media called “Poetry, Prose, and Personalities.” in Erie Pennsylvania where she lives contently with her videographer husband Bear. The program features interviews with local poets, artists, and people with big creative personalities from the community.

Her cable access television show Poetry, Prose, and Personalities is now easily accessed anywhere anytime. at CAMErie.org. Then to Local Content, then Video on demand. In the search bar type Poetry, Prose, and Personalities, or WOW and you will have access.

Thasia Anne brings a troop of poets to the Albion Fair each September to expose rural youth to a little taste of culture. She ran a youth poetry workshop at the Northwest Community Youth Center in Albion Pa. The pandemic stopped that, but not Thasia. During 2020 she provided a free community poetry workshop out in the Albion Community Garden, which is scheduled to resume July 9th 2021. Thasia is also on the panel that provides judges for the Fair poetry contest.

Love and Licorice Whips is a compilation of domestic violence survival poetry. She has been handing this chap book out free since 1990 to help survivors know that they are not alone.

Her late in life college career earned her three scholarships.
She feels grateful at this point that her poetry has been accepted into so many Anthologies and even online opportunities.

Thasia Anne is happily married to Bear Lunger the videographer who makes her dreams come true for her programing. Together they have seven children, fifteen grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. How do they have any time on their hands!

Thasia Anne graduated Edinboro University as a social worker in 2016, and recently retired from Erie DAWN as a case manager, who helped single working women with or without children find safe affordable housing. However her work advocating for women and children in need will never stop.

MANY THANKS

Thasia Anne would sincerely like to thank those who believed in her, and participated in her endeavors. Those would include Edinboro University Women’s History Month committee for sponsoring”Women of Word featuring a Few Man Made Words, or WOW“, for nine years. Also Cable Access Media for faithfully showing “Poetry, Prose, and Personalities”, and being a big part of getting WOW live streamed in 2021. Raymond Blasco Library, and PACA for continuing WOW through and after the pandemic.

Publishers who helped me get my serious start are 5 Acre Press, “Angel and Captain”, William Burkholder, Alien Buddha Press, Red Focks with numerous titles, and Guerrilla Genesis Press,”Pam’s Jacket” Ammi Romero at the helm. As well as all the Anthologies who added me. Poet’s Hall Press in Word Stock, The Soul Collective, Night Ballet Press “Delirious a Poetic Celebration of Prince” Diane Borsenick, and the past Erie County Poet Laureate Marissa Moks-Unger with her project “Picture This Anthology, ” Thasia was also included in “Rust Belt Reveiw #1”, Jay Miner.

Alien Buddha Press has also included Thasia in “Black Out Poetry”, a neat concept where you take a copy of a page from a book. Black out most of the words, but what is left must still actually say something. They also invited her to be in “Rastaman” a tribute to Bob Marley. Thasia has written numerous blurbs and reviews of other authors for Alien Buddha Press.

I could never name all of those who were in WOW over ten years. Those who participated most would be poets Marjorie Wonner for 9 years, Heidi Blakeslee, Darryl Brown, Luchetta Manus, Kat Wolper, Barbara Crone, Matt Borczon, Marisa Moks-Unger, Joan Eisert, Amy Pryor, Barbara Tan, Alexis Musloff-Carney, Marc Smith, and Megan Collins. Dancers; were Sarah Foster, Sukanya Burman, and Brett Fallon. My lone musician and I miss you, Paul Eisert. Narators; Dawn Shepler Shimp, Cameron Barrett, Bryan Pryor, Chelsea Smith. and the ever fun Marie Loose. For 2021 Barbara Crone stepped into the Narator shoes. There is a new addition of Elyse Palmer, and dancers from Sovereign Ballet with Christina Maria at the helm.

WOW 2021 in Hirt Auditorium

Starting on the left; Gisele Littrell, Heidi Blakeslee, Matt Borczon, Thasia Anne, Luchetta Cookie Manus, Darryl M. Brown, and narrator Barbara Crone

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