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Brenna Lakeson (she/they) 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 gardening. On any given evening, she can be found watching Law & Order SVU with her fiance, Tyler, and petting her three cats, Miss Kitty, 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. Her newest endeavor, unguarded, serves to relinquish perfectionism, witness the messiness of living, and tell her full truths.
Her published writings can be found in the following places: Lifevest Literary Magazine, Georgia’s Emerging Writers 2018 (Nonfiction), An Anthology of Nonfiction and America’s Emerging Poets 2018 (Southeast Region), Juste Milieu (issue 9, sketchy), Sheila-Na-Gig Under 30, Volume 3, High Shelf Press issue IX, Georgia’s Best Emerging Poets 2019, In Parentheses Vol 5 Is 2, Fearsome Critters Vol 3.