Mitzy Sky is a Jamaican-born award-winning poet who writes to transmute pain to love. She’s consciously unlearning messages that hindered her from living wholeheartedly. Her focus is on letting go of internalized oppression to move from shame to presence beyond labels. Her joy is learning the power of awareness to have a second chance in this lifetime after experiencing adversities. She enjoys spaces of creativity, traveling, and meeting people but is just as joyful on the couch listening to the rain. Her poem “Who’s the Boss?” received third place in the 2021 Connecticut Press Club Communications Contest. Her poem “In This Moment” was published in We Are the Change-Makers: Poems Supporting Drop the Disorder, and she has been a guest at A Disorder for Everyone! online worldwide festival. She is included on the Black Movement History Leaders: Past & Present list published in February 2023 by Wildflower Alliance. She contributed to the anthology Imagining Monsters, published by Fairfield Scribes, the Westport Library, and edited by Alison McBain. The American Journal for Psychiatric Rehabilitation (AJPR): IRCC Special Issue Boundary Crossings: Systems, Communities, and Expertise, published by the University of Nebraska Press (UNP), published her academic paper “Why Beyond the Story?” She has contributed to the online magazines The Good Men Project, Inner City News, and Mad in America. She developed and facilitated the Compassionate Activism program at Advocacy Unlimited, Inc, where she worked for many years. She developed and facilitated the Compassionate Activism program at Advocacy Unlimited, Inc.. She created the Beyond the Story© project and is a Blogger/Vlogger at www.mitzysky.com.