Name: Mary E. Bowman
City, State: Clinton, MD
Profession: She is a Policy & Advocacy Associate at The Women’s Collective. She is also a poet, singer, teacher, and advocate for people living with HIV.
In a few words, how would you describe yourself?
I am passionate. I am a complex mix of timid and bold. I also enjoy art, food, and love, and I need all three everyday to survive.
Your favorite hangout spots.
I love open mics, parks, and the homes of friends and family.
Favorite guilty pleasure.
Ratchet rap music [like] 2 Chainz, Migos, and Lil Wayne to name a few. (Laughs)
“Come celebrate with me that everyday something has tried to kill me and has failed.” -Lucille Clifton
Who is your biggest influence? And why?
Maya Angelou. She was a woman of grace and love who lived her truth without shame. She was a woman who made it her business to uplift and inspire so many others—especially women—to love, forgive, and teach what you have learned.
Third Mondays at Busboys and Poets in Shirlington because I host!
Do you have any regrets in life?
I have no regrets. I believe strongly that everything both good and bad that I have experienced was purposely placed as a stepping stone for the next chapter of my life.
Favorite lesbian celebrity.
Any fun facts or anything else you want our readers to know?
Everyone is innately destined for greatness. What separates successful people from others is the belief and the audacity to know that your dreams are achievable, and the will to dedicate your life to ensuring your dreams become reality.