November 12th, 2017

The Firecracker Foundation Presents: Soulfire 2018

Master of Ceremonies

Eagle Eye Golf Club, Bath, MI



November 12th, 2016

The Firecracker Foundation Presents: Soulfire 2017

Master of Ceremonies

Eagle Eye Golf Club, Bath, MI



August 13th, 2016

Kintla Yoga instructor training in PTSD recovery


East Lansing, MI



November 12th, 2015

The Firecracker Foundation Presents: Soulfire 2016

Master of Ceremonies

Eagle Eye Golf Club, Bath, MI



March 28th, 2015

V-Day Lansing presents:

A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, A Prayer

Cast member

Lansing, MI



March 26th, 2015

Shadow Brain book release event

Author talk/signing

Everybody ReadsLansing, MI



March 4th, 2015



Cobb Great Hall at The Wharton Center, East Lansing, MI



September 18-October 6, 2013

Art Prize


Host gallery:  L-Loft, Grand Rapids, MI


April 3-20, 2013

Take Back the Night Art Exhibit


Lookout! Gallery, East Lansing, MI



Apryl E. Pooley was raised in Charleston, Illinois--a small, rural college town where she stayed to earn bachelor's and master's degrees from the biological sciences department at Eastern Illinois University. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the Michigan State University Neuroscience Program where she researches the effects of traumatic stress on the brain. Apryl began neuroscience research to gain a better understanding of her own life, but what she found was a drive to help other people living with PTSD. A scientist by training, a writer by practice, and an artist by nature, all of Apryl's work is inspired by the drive to make sense of the world around her and to help others do the same.

Apryl's first publication outside the scientific literature was a short story called Dichroma in author/editor Troy Blackford's "Robbed of Sleep" series (2014). Her second trade book, released on February 17, 2015, was the culmination of a three-year writing project that became her memoir, "Shadow Brain: A Neuroscientist's Journey Through PTSD and Womanhood." Shortly after self-publishing her memoir, Apryl signed a contract with Booktrope Publishers to release an expanded version of Shadow Brain. The result was Fortitude: A PTSD Memoir, released on October 16th, 2015.

In conjunction with her scientific knowledge of the effects of trauma, she relentlessly shares her own story of rape, abuse, and addiction to ensure that all victims of trauma receive the treatment and respect they deserve and to provide hope to anyone hiding in a closet. Apryl lives in Michigan with her wife and two dogs

Apryl Pooley