Emily M. Newsome

Emily M. Newsome, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, moved to Dallas, Texas in 1996. She has studied at the University of Chicago, DePaul University, Case Western Reserve University and American Public University. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Theological Studies from Texas Bible Institute and Seminary in 2011 and an advanced certificate in Biblical Counseling in 2012.

Emily has been perfecting her literary craft since the fifth grade. Her work has been published in the 1995 and 2005 National Library of Poetry anthologies, both the 1975 and 1996 editions of Lindsay Patterson’s anthology, A Rock Against the Wind, and the 1997 anthology Kente Cloth: Southwest Voices of the African Diaspora, edited by Jas. Mardis. Her first self-published volume of poetry, Phoenix, received limited circulation in 1980, and is currently being considered for a second release. In 1997, she published a second collection of poems entitled Seasons of Desire: Love Poems for Ordinary People. A third collection, entitled Just Like God Made Me is in the works, along with a companion CD entitled And Here I Am featuring recorded excerpts from the book.

In 1998, she was recognized by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts, and has received the 2004 and 2005 Texas Gospel Excellence Award, First Runner Up in the Spoken Word category, and the 2008 Sheroes award.

Poetry has served as a springboard for Ms Newsome’s preaching and motivational speaking, mixing it with her personal testimony and spiritual philosophy. She has served in several community organizations in various capacities including the St. Philip’s Neighborhood Development Corporation, The Triangle Neighborhood Association, The Texas Gospel Announcers Guild and My Second Chance, Inc., an organization that provides supportive housing for women emerging from a host of adverse circumstances. Emily is currently a minister on staff at Kingdom Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Bishop Lamar Walton.