Element 54 on the Periodic Table of Elements is Xenon, a noble gas used to light up darkness. Our corresponding place on the Periodic Table of Patrons is for Toni Pacini, a good friend of mine and an amazing storyteller. Her captivating voice, incredible energy, and history of perserverance are inspiring.
Toni has written a memoir, which you can check out here. It’s the story of “A girl raised-up like an invasive weed in an Alabama cotton mill village where illiteracy, bigotry, religious fanaticism, and abuse were as commonplace as fried chicken on Sunday.” Note: this story isn’t one for kids.
In addition to her memoir, Toni also writes fantastic short stories in a Southern Gothic style, runs a dynamic writers group, and pretty-much saves my bacon every week when it comes to organizing the Las Vegas Writers Conference. She’s definitely a source of light and inspiration for everyone who knows her. Once again, welcome to the table Pacini!