Art Form: Poetry
417 Chadwick Dr
Raleigh, NC 27609-4503
Beverly Fields Burnette is a storyteller (current President of the N.C. Association of Black Storytellers), a poet and school social worker. Her programs/performances consist of fun, creative ways of combining cultural insights with storytelling/folktales, and original and historical poetry for children and/or general audiences. She has led character education, self-esteem and drug prevention programs for churches and schools.Ms. Burnette enjoys teaching and telling folktales in the guise of Harlem Renaissance folklorist/anthopologist Zora Neale Hurston. Ms. Burnette is published in several national poetry anthologies. In 2001 and 2003 she wrote poems for the National Public Radio/PRI program "A Season's Griot", and in 2003 read her own poem on this program. She often collaborates/performs with other storytellers, drummers/musicians and poets.
Beverly Burnette enjoys the challenge of taking intimidating poetry and bringing it into the realm of “everyday life.” She uses poetry and storytelling as vehicles for teaching history, exposing positive feelings, healing wounds, and bridging gaps. Born in Rocky Mount, NC, Burnette is an alumna of Livingstone College. She has done freelance writing for a local children’s television program and has edited a weekly advice column entitled “Ask Miz Bee.” Published in several poetry anthologies, Burnette is a founding member of both the Carolina African American Writers’ Collective and the N.C. Association of Black Storytellers, Inc., an organization for which she now serves as president. She combines her social work skills with her creative interests by facilitating diversity training and parenting skills using writing journals and other forms of self-expression.
Community performances include original poems written and read by Burnette specifically for the occasion, as well as storytelling. Fee: $100 for poetry performance; $300 for storytelling performance. Travel expenses additional, if beyond the Triangle area.