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’s also a premier writer of Zoe Life ~ A Daily Devotional. Since its inaugural release in 2012, this uplifting 10-book series features Carolyn’s real-life stories, along with a host of inspiring writers from around the world.
Over the years, Watson’s voiceover talent has graced various projects. She also 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 2018 and 2019, she performed at Porter Sanford Performing Arts in a live stage production called, It’s All About Me. Watson also wrote and directed her first documentary: “Living in Liberia” for New Life Church.
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 furniture bank to aid single mothers in rebuilding their lives after divorce, domestic violence, incarceration and relocation. H.O.M.E. is a trusted resource committed to providing new and gently used furniture as means of starting life 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 favored to receive the ‘Dove Award’ presented by Sigma Zeta Joint Founders of Metro Atlanta.
H.O.M.E. remains the only nonprofit in Georgia to receive world-wide recognition from the Colin Kaepernick Foundation’s Million Dollar Pledge and Usher Raymond (Usher) for its mission to fight oppression by making a difference in the community. Because of Watson’s humanitarian efforts she was awarded the 2017 ‘John Lewis Ambassador Award’ in honor of the Civil Rights icon. And in 2022, Watson was named: Diamond of the District and graced with the honor of receiving the 2022 ‘Unsung Hero Award’ presented by United States Representative, Congressman C. “Hank” Johnson.
Carolyn A. Watson is incredibly grateful to be a mother and grandmother. She resides with her husband and king, Leotis, of 37 years who is still the adoring love of her life and the wind that enables her to soar in all the Lord callsher to. Watson’s values are best described by her beliefs: “None of us have done anything great in this world… until we have done something gracious in this world to impact the lives of others.
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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 creative works 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 former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin and former President George Bush, Sr., to name a few.