Stephanie embraced the art of writing at a young age. Her creative writing skills were embraced by her English teachers who said that "her imagery and imagination took readers on a vivid journey." When she was in high school, a English teacher challenged her to write for the school newspaper. Since then, she has written hundreds of short stories, poetry and prose. Her love for spoken word has placed her on numerous stages across the globe. Her stage name, Virtuous, allows her the ability to use her spoken word as a way to empower and educate women. Stephanie is also a playwright and has written and directed over 50 original stage plays.
Her written collection includes three books of poetry, "Reflections of Self," "Songs From My Soul: and "I Speak Female Poetically." A southern cookbook entitled "Hot Water Cornbread" and her newest 2013 novel, "What You Won't Do For Love." She is working on a devotional due out in 2017 called, "The Road Less Traveled," a collection based on the daily writings of her Mother who lost her battle with ovarian cancer in 2006. She is also working on a Spoken Word CD, 'Songs From My Soul" due to be released December 2017.
Stephanie enjoys teaching Creative Writing and Theater and currently works within the walls of correctional facilities and local schools to aid women and youth in embracing the art of the written and spoken word as literary therapy.
Stephanie embraced her love for drawing and art in high school. Her high school Art Teacher, Mr Weinstein, took her under his wing and her love for paints soared. She was recognized by the Columbia Urban League as a up and coming young artist in her senior year of high school. One of her original art pieces appeared on the highly popular Matlock episode #219 in 2010!
Today she uses a variety of mixed media and paint to express her craft. Her pieces celebrate femininity and her love for God. She showcases her work at numerous festivals in the South Carolina area and at local buisnesses in the Columbia area. She encourages the use of art and writing daily as a form of poetic therapy. You can purchase her artwork here on the website or at any of the events listed..
Many would describe Stephanie as a pioneer for women. Her movement Virtuous Vibes works diligently to equip, encourage and empower women.
She conducts events, activities and networking opportunties to "connect people to their passion." She is an advocate for change, with an unyielding desire to educate women and connect them with like minded individuals who can fuel their dreams. As a speaker, certified mediator and facilator, she has conducted focus groups with women and young people on the perils of destructive behavior, such as abusive relationships and underage drinking. Her experience as an Equal Opportunity Advisor in the Air Force equipped her with the tools and knowledge to conduct counseling and classes in Human Relations Training, Team Building and Diversity Training.
Her ministry "Soul Sisters" encourages sisterhood and challenges women to read, study and meditate on the word of God to elevate them spiritually and mentally.
Virtuous is also an active member of Black Lives Matter and Black Poets Speak Out.
She enjoys counseling women and youth and has her Associate Degree in Business. She received her Bachelors Degree in Human Services in 2015 and is currently working on her Masters Degree in Theology at Websters University.
2011 Cave Canam South Participant
2011 Included in Home Is Where Anthology of African American Poetry of the Carolinas
2014 The Watering Hole Writers Fellow
2015 White House Prayer Featured Author
2016 Featured in Jasper Magazine's Black Lives Matter Poetry Journal
2016 USC Gender & Womens Study Cast Selectee Vagina Monologues
2016 Graduate Fellow of the Watering Hole