Lit Fridays with Rowana Abbensetts and Crystal Joseph
Pittsburgh, PA 15222 United States
Lit Fridays is a literary-focused, virtual salon presented by the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, featuring conversations and guest performances on the last Friday* of each month at 6:00p EST via Facebook Live and Zoom Webinar. All conversations are moderated by AWAACC Literary Curator, Jessica Lanay.
Rowana Abbensetts is a Guyanese-American writer, mental health advocate, and founder of Spoken Black Girl, a platform that promotes mental health and wellness among women of color through expressive writing, events, and workshops. Rowana has had fiction and poetry published in Moko Magazine, Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, Culture Push, and Free Verse Magazine. As a freelance health and wellness writer, Rowana has written for Well +Good, Bold Culture by Streamline Media, The Tempest, and Electric Lit.
Crystal Joseph is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (Maryland), Approved Clinical Supervisor, Licensed Professional Counselor (Virginia), the author of Conversation with a Clinician of Color: Likeness, Lucy & Lemonade a first-person research commentary, and PoundCake & Private Practice: 5 Things I Learned During Her First Year, a colorful, unadulterated book which delves into building a private practice from scratch. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Black Studies from the College of William & Mary and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Washington, DC campus.
Crystal owns PsycYourMind®, a thriving private practice in the DC Metropolitan area, where she holds space with persons affected by mental health challenges, on the oncology continuum, and have had culturally traumatic experiences. PsycYourMind is in its third year of training up-and-coming therapists through its robust internship and residency program.
When not in session, you can find her cooking with cast iron or curating her shoe collection. She resides in the D.C. Metropolitan area with her supportive husband. You can visit her website at psycyourmind.com for more information about her and her practice. She is on Social Media: Instagram as TheReal_PsycYourMind; Twitter @PsycYourMind and Facebook—facebook.com/PsycYourMind