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Tonia began writing at the age of nine, due to a request from her fourth grade teacher; Mrs. Elliott asked Tonia to write a heartfelt essay beckoning the release of the hostages in Iran during Iran hostage Crisis in 1980. As her talents became more recognized, she was asked by both family and friends to write letters as well as poems expressing what they felt in their souls Tonia began her journeys with poetry and essays; writing became as natural as breathing. She always had a journal at hand to record the lesson of the day; whether it was two lines, a stanza, or a story.
Tonia McGregor ‘s writing journey continued when she joined a team of writers for her high school literary magazine, Vertigo which published her poems and short stories monthly. Her first published poem” Beauty in The Junkyard” was published by The National Library of Poetry in Owing Mills, Maryland. During her years at Rutgers University, she researched .interviewed and participated in a comprehensive study regarding Triple Jeopardy and its affects and effects on perceptions of women in the Criminal Justice System.
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