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A Message From Our Editor

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver, “The Summer Day”
I’m sure many of you are familiar with this question, the closing challenge to Oliver’s beloved 1992 poem. It is loved by millions. It is a phrase that I’ve often asked myself over the past few years, as I left a career that was “comfortable”, but destroying me, and sought something less stable, but far more joyful.
I recently read that the quote (and poem itself) has been snidely referred to as “catnip to the inspiration-seeking set.” 
I didn’t like that. I don’t know about you, but I find it a bit ridiculous when a valid, beautiful sentiment is dismissed because it’s popular- because too many people relate to it. Don’t all great movements start because of a shared motivation, a common goal,  or a united desire to make things better?
That’s why Bold exists. 
We saw people who were told they didn’t “fit in”- in the literal and metaphorical sense. So we created a place for them, their stories, and their bodies.
We hope you’ll enjoy our new format. Our goal is to provide our readers with more than just a site, but a community. We hope you’ll visit us to hear about interesting trends and issues in the Fat Positivity world, but also to share your thoughts on how Bold can continue to improve our advocacy efforts. We also want you to enjoy yourselves and tell us what makes you Bold! We are working hard to center all marginalized voices and shine a light on the influencer that lives within us all. 
Thanks for being here, for being Bold and for sharing your one wild and precious life with us.
Janet Conroy-Quirk, MSW

Janet Conroy-Quirk

Editor in Chief

Janet Conroy-Quirk, MSW is a writer, actress, advocate and social worker. Her career in New York City social services spans over 17 years. She has served clients with needs ranging from homelessness to aging and mental health challenges. Janet holds a B.A. in Communications from Fordham University and an M.S.W. from Hunter College. In 2017, she began exploring her passion for acting, and has appeared in off/off-off Broadway plays, as well as feature films and documentaries. In addition to her freelance writing/editing work, Janet has been a strong advocate and speaker for Fat Positivity and has been featured in several plus-size fashion web videos. She is also a cast member of Realize Your Beauty, a non-profit organization that promotes body positivity and empowerment to young people through theater arts. Janet believes strongly that words hold an incredible amount of power, and is passionate about giving others a platform to share their ideas.


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