Sylvia Dianne Beverly

Dec. 15, 2006 – She attended the University of the District of Columbia, majoring in English. Ms. Beverly receives much joy from writing poetry, songs and short stories. She studied under the internationally acknowledged writer and poet, Gil Scott-Heron.

More recently, Ms. Beverly is a proud student of “Do The Write Thing” publishing workshop, under direction of Kwame Alexander. In addition to original poetry, she frequently shares Dr. Maya Angelou’s poetry. Two of the main poems she recites are “Still I Rise”, and “Phenomenal Woman” along with others.

She has presented poetry around the Metropolitan Area, in several states and at the Lewisham Theater in Brixton, London, England. While touring London one of her poems “Love’s Been Here All The Time” was published in an anthology, “Whose Equality.” Also, Ms/ Beverly’s poetry was featured in “Artistic Expressions,” an exhibit of poetry, art and artifacts held in the Washington area, Dialogue, Motherland News, “Tuesdays” anthology and “Echoes from the Caribbean”, Creative Circle.

In addition to writing poetry, Ms. Beverly enjoys and has been blessed performing before many gracious audiences; National Zoological Park, Smithsonian, (every Easter Monday, for the past 12 years), National Museum of History, Smithsonian, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian, Hishorn Museum, Smithsonian, Lincoln Theater, MedLink Nursing Center, Marwood Senior Apt., Public Libraries, Public Schools, churches throughout the Metropolitan area, Evening Exchange, WHUT-TV, News Channel 8, Color Me Poetry, Bowie State University, Community Cable TV 76, PG County, WOL, XM Sattellite and WPFW Radio. Her most memorable performances have been opening for J. California Cooper, University of the District of Columbia, opening for Nikki Giovanni, Harrison Museum, Roanoke, Virginia and a special presentation for former Ambassador Franklin Sonn, South African Embassy for the United States of America.

Most of her poetry includes love, appreciation and inspiration. Ms. Beverly is a member of “Collective Voices”, (a Washington, D.C. based sisterhood of poets and organizers of Annual Poetry Extravaganza, celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ) During National Poetry Month 2005, she was recipient for her group “Collective Voices” of one of the first “NUSPA 2005” (National Underground Spoken Word Poetry Awards) trophies recognizing the Annual MLK Poetry Extravaganza as the best poetry event on the East Coast. Also, closing out National Poetry Month 2005, she was invited to participate in the “Pantene Total You Tour,” at D.C. Convention Center, empowering women. Along with “Collective Voices”, she performed poetry as part of “In the Spirit” for the Smithsonian, Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture, Summer 1999.

After critiquing Dr. Martin Luther King’s, “I Have A Dream,” she decided to write her own dream, which helps provide the positive family environment we so desperately need today. This poem is entitled “Let This Dream Come True” and has been presented in the District of Columbia and Prince George County Public Schools and Metropolitan Boys and Girls’ Clubs.

Keeping in mind the African proverb, it takes a village to raise a child”, Ms. Beverly started a youth poetry group called “Girls and Boys with Hearts.” Since her retirement (September 2004) from 37 years federal government service, (26 years at the FCC). Ms.Beverly directs a Poetry Workshop at the Marwood Senior Apartments.

She was honored to read for D.C. Poet Laureate Dolores Kendrick in her “Poets in Progress” program, Folgers’s Shakespeare Library, December 2003, January 2005 and January 2006.

Ms. Beverly currently appears on the air waves every Thursday on Comcast Cable TV 76 at 7:30PM in a program co-hosted by Sistah Joy entitled: Sojourn with Words. She is currently working on her new cookbook with love poems and plans to publish other books of poems, children’s books and fiction. Writing is her passion. Ms. Beverly resides in Prince Georges County, MD and is available for booksignings and special events.


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