Cynthia C Harris, MPH is a writer, healing artist, conjure woman, and proud Southerner. Ms. Harris has been committed to the empowerment of women and girls through art, education, and research over the past 18 years. Her original works: Phrases of Womanhood, Why Won’t She Leave?, and How to Catch a Flying Woman, explore issues of gender, Southern identity, women’s intimacy, spirituality, community, and African heritage. Her latest work, The Calling is in the Body, scheduled to debut in 2022, focuses on the life of Deidre Williams, the first Black person to become an HIV-positive advocate in Tennessee. The performance is being developed in participation with Actors Bridge Ensemble’s Director’s Inclusion Initiative and the Mississippi Center for Cultural Production.