It was during a poetry reading when Carolyn A. Watson heard and answered God’s calling. At age fifteen, while attending Lincoln High School in Dallas, TX, she watched and listened in ‘awe’ as the lyrics graciously flowed through the voice of poet, activist and educator, Nikki Giovanni. From that day, Carolyn dedicated her life to the expression of poetry—and amassed a body of work that she affectionately calls her Facets of Life Collection. Today, she continues to inspire with her unique approach of motivational speeches locally, nationally and internationally.
Facets of Life, Inc. was introduced to the world in 1991, as the name of her Dallas-based business through which customized poetry baskets and personalized gifts were sold. Carolyn’s work as a business woman and entrepreneur has been featured in magazines, on radio and television highlights. She has received letters of recognition from a diverse group of dignitaries—including Nikki Giovanni, former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin and former President George Bush, Sr., to name a few.
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In 2004, Watson founded and facilitated Poetic Praise. This Christian-based literary event was a vehicle to give amateur writers, aspiring poets and publishers a platform to learn, grow and network. Proceeds from the event provided new undergarments to homeless and underprivileged children throughout metro Atlanta.
As an author, Carolyn feels blessed to have penned: Thinking Positive in a Negative World and Clay In The Potter’s Hand; and co-authored: Conversations of Courage “Stories of Success, Hope & Possibility.” She is also a premier writer of Zoe Life ~ A Daily Devotional. Since its inaugural release in 2012, this inspiring 8 book series has featured her real-life stories, along with some of the best writers around the world. Carolyn is excited and anticipating her newest book release entitled: Sugar, Spice & Everything Christ “Understanding the Wealth of a Woman’s Worth.”
Over the years, Watson’s voiceover talent has graced various projects. Watson wrote and directed her first documentary: “Living in Liberia” produced by New Life Church. She made her acting debut as leading lady, Karen Miller, in The Holding Pen by Ted Hayes. In the stage play adaptation, Doubt: A Parable, written by Pulitzer Prize winner John Patrick Shanley, Carolyn starred in the role of Mrs. Muller; originally played by the incomparable Viola Davis. And in April 2018, she performed at Porter Sanford Performing Arts in a production called, “It’s All About Me.”
Today, Watson is busy operating her daily labor of love: H. O. M. E. Inc. (Helping Oppressed Mothers Endure). God called her to establish this 501(c)3 nonprofit organization to aid single mothers in rebuilding their lives after divorce, domestic violence, abuse, incarceration and various forms of hardship—providing new and gently used furniture as means of starting over and starting anew. In 2016, H.O.M.E. was named ‘Outstanding Charity’ by the Trinity Awards, in 2018 H.O.M.E. received the ‘Community Involvement Award’ by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Sigma Mu Zeta, and in 2019 H.O.M.E. was blessed to receive the ‘Dove Award’ presented by Sigma Zeta Joint Founders’ of Metro Atlanta.
H.O.M.E. was the only nonprofit in Georgia that received world-wide recognition by the Colin Kaepernick Foundation and Usher Raymond for its mission of fighting oppression and making a difference in the community-at-large. Because of her humanitarian efforts she was awarded the 2017 ‘John Lewis Ambassador Award’ in honor of the Civil Rights icon.
Carolyn A. Watson is incredibly grateful to be a mother and grandmother. She resides in Lithonia, Georgia, with her husband and king, Leotis, of 33 years who is still the adoring love of her life and the wind that enables her to soar in all the Lord calls her to. Her strongest belief is, “You have done nothing great in this world… until you have done something gracious in this world to impact the lives of others.”