Angel’s Bio

Poet, writer, and activist Angel V. Shannon has been called a "dynamic speaker" and a "powerful new voice in literature." Born in Brooklyn, New York she balances a professional career in medicine with mothering, writing, and speaking out for literacy, human rights, and environmental justice.

Angel lives her life by one simple dictum from the teachings of Mahatma Ghandi: "we must be the change we wish to see in the world." Whether speaking to public health professionals about health disparities in underserved communities or lecturing on college campuses about the looming world water crisis and its effect on women and children, Angel's vision of being a writer has always been one that utilizes the written and spoken word as a tool for developing social, political, and cultural consciousness.

Her first book, ….And Then There Were Butterflies (2004) earned her frequent invitations to lecture and speak both on radio and on television. She has been a returning guest on Philadephia talk radio WURD 900 AM and Baltimore's WEAA 88.9 FM and her first television appearance aired nationally in April 2005 on Dish TV's Research Channel through the University of Maryland's UM-TV. Since then, Angel has been invited to lecture on college campuses, at writers conferences, and community gatherings about issues closest to her heart: saving our environment, preserving literature, and protecting the rights of women and children.

Angel's work has been featured in numerous publications, most recently in Dance The Guns to Silence: 100 Poems for Ken Saro-Wiwa (2005) and is forthcoming in Chicken Soup for the African-American Woman’s Soul (August 2006). She is an active member of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and a supporter of MADRE, an international non-profit organization that advocates for the rights of women and children. Her current projects include a second volume of poetry and a novel. She resides on the East Coast with her husband, two children, and yellow lab retriever.

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Published on April 27, 2006 at 1:20 am  Comments Off on Angel’s Bio  
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