Annette Januzzi Wick is a writer, blogger and author, connecting in various communities through creativity and words.
Her passion for developing links, for rooting people to a certain place, is evident in her writing and her life and conversations among inner city residents, long-time and new, and issues that are not always apparent on the surface but drive straight to the heart of humanity.
Her book, I’ll Be in the Car: One Woman’s Story of Love, Loss and Reclaiming Life, was acquired for all offices of Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Moved by her mother’s disease, she created Found Voices writing circles at Cincinnati’s renowned Alois Alzheimer Center, to capture resident’s words. She was a Kickstarter contributor to Alive Inside, a Sundance Audience Award winner, and also produced a thirty-day blog, Dementia Generation, for Alzheimer’s Awareness month. Her work in the dementia field moved into the personal realm and she shares her experiences on the blog Find You in the Sun. She has also worked with the Alzheimer’s Association to offer writing workshops for caregivers, together with Cincinnati’s Poet Laureate.
For Women Writing for (a) Change @, she has facilitated writing circles for women, young adults experiencing disabilities and homelessness, co-founded community-based Write Me, I’m Yours, and produces writing-related events, including a poetry series, Meaningful Mondays at Cincinnati’s oldest bar, Arnold’s Bar and Grill.
She lives with her husband, Mark, with whom she merged three wonderful girls and one lucky boy into a blended family. As empty-nesters, they recently moved to Over-the-Rhine, once considered one of the nation’s most dangerous neighborhood’s, and renovated an 1870’s Italianate style home. She began a blog after the move as witness to the city’s transformation and mine – Getting’ My City On. She is proud to call herself a torchbearer for the resurgence happening in the neighborhood and is an enthusiastic supporter of the city’s core.
Other Occupational Hazards
While pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Annette took an English Composition course where students were given a free-write assignment. She penned a piece about her Grandpa Januzzi. After her grandmother had died, Grandpa used to visit, and take his grandchildren for rides in his silver Cadillac. When Annette turned eighteen, her grandfather fell ill. She visited him one Sunday in the hospital, and was there, alone, when he took his last breath. The family incurred additional losses after his death. Writing the essay about her grandfather set her on the journey of observing loss and celebrating breath.
Following graduation, she spent several years in the technology field as a programmer, recruiter, sales coordinator and web developer. When she transitioned away from computer field, she opened Espressway drive-through coffee bar, Cincinnati’s first.
Boards, Volunteer, Affiliations:
Women Writing for a Change – Facilitator, Community Connector, 25th Anniversary Author Committee. Former Podcast Host and Producer – 2007-2012.
Impact 100 – Women’s non-profit funding transformational grants, with 15 chapters nationwide. Selection committee member – 2012-2016.
Books by the Banks – Writing and Publishing Team – 2015, 2016. Representative from WWfaC for BBTB panel and writing events. Panel moderator.
Starfire U. – With developmentally disabled young adults, a mentor, committee member for Write Me, I’m Yours, a community-wide writing journal project and ongoing writing circle – 2013-2015.
Community of Stories – Mentor, for students and clients of inner city non-profits to write together in community – 2014 & 2015.
Findlay Market, Cincinnati’s public market – Volunteer – 2014-2015, Slam Judge.
Cincinnati Visitor’s Bureau – Volunteer – 2012.
Over-The-Rhine Community Housing – Volunteer for annual fundraiser, co-creator / poetry coordinator. “You Belong” theme – 2014.
Over-The-Rhine Community Council – Member. Renovated 1870’s Italianate style home in Over-the-Rhine, named most dangerous neighborhood in America in 2010.