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Brenna Lakeson (she/her) is a queer feminist pastor and social activist living in Atlanta, GA. Born and raised in North Carolina, she has a BA in Music from Elon University, with minors in Spanish and Latin American studies. She has an MDiv from Candler School of Theology at Emory University with particular interests in feminist theology, Hebrew Bible, and apocalyptic literature. She is provisonally commissioned as a United Methodist pastor by the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Brenna currently works at Central Outreach and Advocacy Center, serving people experiencing homelessness in downtown Atlanta. She works on a volunteer basis with Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty to help abolish the death penalty in Georgia. Outside of her social justice work, Brenna enjoys running, yoga, and petting her two cats, Seffie and Beyoncé.
Brenna’s writing strives to hold the stories of the marginalized in the light, create meaning from her own experiences, and heal the things that hurt. You can read some of her recent pieces in the literary magazine, Lifevest, here. She was recently published in two anthologies from Z Publishing – Georgia’s Emerging Writers, An Anthology of Nonfiction and America’s Emerging Poets 2018, Southeast Region. Both can be purchased here. Her newest endeavor, unguarded, serves to relinquish perfectionism, witness the messiness of living, and tell her full truths.