Syd Stewart

Author | Poet | Actress | Filmmaker

Syd Stewart is a poet, actress, and filmmaker. She is the author of two books of poetry, A Rock and A Hard Place (iUniverse, 2010) and Babylon Graffiti (Zeitgeist Press, 2019). Syd was featured in films Hughes’ Dream Harlem and Everyday People, and has appeared in The New York Times, Variety, and People Magazine.

Most recently, Stewart’s work was selected by the National Endowment For The Arts’ 50th Anniversary. Notably, she is a 2019 Indie Memphis/Barry Jenkins Black Filmmaker Finalist, 2017 New York Stage and Film filmmaker fellow, Austin Film Festival Second Rounder and a 2016 semifinalist for Universal Pictures Emerging Writers Program. Syd's literary works are published in the following publications: Obsidian III: Literature in the African Diaspora, African Voices, Zone, The Lasting Joy, America at the Millennium, Signifyin’ Harlem, and Under a Quicksilver Moon.

Stewart is the founder of Better Youth, Inc., a non-profit organization (, which uses mentoring and media arts to equip foster and community youth with creative confidence.


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