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Storytime Spotlight Series

October 25, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


This Storytime Spotlight will feature the book, Hey Brown Girl, by Lisa Joy Stevens.

Storytime Spotlight is an educational series presented by the August Wilson African American Cultural Center that introduces young children to books that features stories, songs, rhymes, and fingerplays. This series highlights Black and Brown children’s book authors and will feature conversations and a live reading with the author.

All conversations are moderated by AWACC Senior Education and Community Engagement Manager, Cathryn Calhoun.

Lisa Joy Stevens

Author Bio

Lisa Joy Stevens is from Pittsburgh, PA and currently resides in the Northern part of Virginia. She currently works in the mortgage industry and has for over 20 years. As a little girl, she suffered with a speech impediment. Being corrected often whenever she mispronounced words caused her to lose confidence when expressing herself. But with a lot to say, she substituted her voice by writing. By the age of 10, she was writing songs, plays and stories. She credits her love for writing to a fourth-grade teacher, Mrs. Eckhart, who gave her the confidence and courage to enter into writing and poetry contests. To date, she has self-published 16 books, to include 8 children’s books and 2 books of poetry.

Writing became therapeutic for Lisa. She’s written wedding vows, eulogies, greeting cards, and dedications over the years. Her passion for healing is shown and felt in whatever she writes about. She is most proud of her new line of children’s books. These educational and inspirational books touch on real issues. Our youths endure unwelcoming traumas and her hope is that they find understanding and peace in her writings. She was bullied, she suffered loss, she had low self-esteem, and she had periods where she did not feel accepted; these are things she writes about so our children will know they are not alone and they can be healed from the hurt that stands before them. Her goal is to reach a higher platform where she can introduce her writings to a broader audience.

She is a proud mother to a son, Michael. She is best friends with her mother, Barbara. She loves cooking, doing crossword puzzles and watching all kinds of sports. One of her favorite quotes is one written by herself: “I can dream as big as I want to, but if I never act upon my dream, the dream becomes just that…only a dream”.