Toni Menk

Bio for 2024

As an Air Force Brat, Toni had to move a lot. She was born on Guam and lived in England, Ohio, North Carolina and Massachusetts. She eventually settling in Kentucky. Toni has been writing poems as long as she can remember. In middle school her parents told her that if she wrote 100 poems they would buy her a guitar. She wrote the poems and got her guitar. Toni attended the University of Kentucky where she earned a BA in Anthropology. As a sophomore in college, needing a summer job, she hired on as a telephone operator at GTE in Lexington. Thirty years later she retired as an Equipment Technician. In 1981 she moved to rural Casey County Kentucky where she raised children, blackberries and shiitake mushrooms. After retiring Toni grew organic vegetables and sold them at the farmers market. Needing a new creative outlet, Toni taught herself the ancient art of Lampwork and eventually started doing craft shows as Cyrilda’s Torch. She is a member of KGAC (Kentucky Guild of Artist and Craftsmen) and the Sheltowee Artisans.

Reason for signing up:

Kim Shaver made me do it.


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