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A Native New Yorker, Heather Haliah Covington, known by the literary community at large as ‘Literary Diva’, and by the music community as the ‘Music Maven’ for her comprehensive music and book reviews, literary promotions, ‘Get PerSOULnal’ celebrity interviews, and most sought after hosting of large scale literary events and award shows, the amicable personality has carved a niche in the literary industry that has made its way into several notable and award winning history books.
An innovative media personality with a “BOLD” “CUTTING EDGE,” and “TRENDSETTING” marketing appeal without the need to be in front of the cameras or a controversial figure, Heather Haliah has garnered the attention of national media.
Heather Haliah was once declared a “TOP 5 MEDIA MOGUL” alongside the producers of GOODDAY as a guest speaker at the Small Press Publishing Center seminar in Manhattan, New York attended by media giants from CBS, NBC, ABC, E NEWS, CNN, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS and most major news publications.
A true Literary Diva of the millennium, she was also the first African American woman to host the first television programming dedicated to showcasing rising stars in literature and people of color on Literary Living. The surprise hit show aired twice weekly to an unprecedented 17 million viewers on the former Black Family Channel before the channel succumbed to competition of other black channels like BET.
Her first historical work was sought for a major book deal by Tony and Yvonne Rose, CEOs of Amber Communications Group, and within 1 year won a nomination from tens of thousands of entries as the 1st NAACP IMAGE AWARD FINALIST, and for her Outstanding Historical work, LIterary Divas: The Top 100 + Most Admired African American Women in History.
She was AmberBooks.com. 1st NAACP IMAGE Award finalist followed by her writing mentor Tony Rose who recently won a NAACP IMAGE AWARD proving authentication to Heather Haliah Covington’s famous quote,‘Greatness recognizes greatness.’
A ‘Literary Diva’ before her time, she has mentioned since day 1, ‘I was born to write’. Heather Haliah grew up in a single parent household in New York’s toughest neighborhoods. It was here where she made up her mind she would write poetry, songs, short stories and illustrate fashion designs instead of getting into trouble as a youth, and after baring witness to ‘drugs, gangs, violence, murder, poverty, prostitution, crime and self- destruction among the homeless in her childhood neighborhood.’
Her passion for writing motivated other youth in her neighborhood to discover their passions for writing. She soon was elected as the president of a fashion club in high school and combined her niche for designing scenery, clothes and a flair for modeling to produce fashion shows, art gallery exhibitions, poetry contests and dance productions which would become the template for her literary journey and something ‘like a fairytale for a girl one could only dream of from a struggling environment’, says the author.
Heather Haliah also, knew to accomplish all of her passions, it would take hard work and dedication to her mission, goals, purpose and principles which she mapped out on a bare wall behind a picture in her new home after reaching tens and thousands of poetry lovers and writers with the same dream.
That greenprint became the template for her bestselling independently published e-book, The Disilgold Way: Countdown 101 From Writer to Self Publisher.’ LiteraryBLAST PR
After candidly sharing how she once penned 3 poetical coloring books to supporters of her self designed literary workshops, (the first of their kind to ever hit the publishing market), she compiled them into 1 book. Heather Haliah Covington has written poems about every negative force from childhood to womanhood by creating humorous alliterated ‘poetical divas’ to match every personality trait she never wanted to meet or harbor likeness to, but unfortunately seem to always be everywhere one travels in life.
These were the same kind of poems she almost got caught writing in 3rd grade by a teacher who read an anonymous poem by the poet who exposed everyone’s negative traits in class, and of course, her own. Whew!
These caricatures which she illustrated with her fancy fashion designs became her trademarked’ DIVA PERSOULNALITIES’. Her mantra she shared with young women around the nation to this day is, ‘Be brave enough to Face negativity, knock it down, design YOU and move on to success.’
After Heather Haliah’s poetry book became an instant hit and sold out at the Harlem Book Fair, she penned the poetry book for men entitled, PerSOULnalities: Poems for Every Kind of Man. She went on to share how she was fearful of sharing her own ocean of success for years as an unrecognized child prodigy until a few great people, mentors and teachers discovered her talent.
Today, Heather Haliah Covington shares her life story of letting go of the edge of a pool filled with 10 feet of water as a child to teach herself to swim, and all about her determination to rise back up to the top. She relates her story to how she overcame negative forces during her journey to success and is now living her life with complete joy in her new book, ‘God’s 24 Hour Makeover: The Emergency Repair Contract to Complete Joy.
A poignant writer who was personally given a boost of motivation by world renown poet, Dr. Maya Angelou, upon her estate accepting her ‘Lifetime Achievement Poet of Excellence Century Award’ before passing away, Heather Haliah Covington’s poetry has been called “very powerful” and “one of the most influential voices in poetry on the rise” .
In less than 5 years in publishing, she has been named the Toni Trent Parker Author of the Year at Book Expo’s African American Pavilion, Hall of Fame Award Recipient, Best Online Network by Memphis Writers Conference & Southern Film Festival, Aspicomm Trailblazer Publisher of the Year, a National Ambassador of African-American Literature Commissioned by the Baltimore Black Heritage Tours, and was personally handed an AUTHORity Seal of Approval by self-publishing guru, Dan Poynter. She was also awarded the Self- Publisher of the Year Award from the African-American Pavilion at BookExpo and selected as a featured Woman’s History Month guest speaker and Black History Month Speaker for the New York Public Library.
Heather Haliah Covington has been featured in over 500 media resources and entities like EBONY MAGAZINE, THE DAILY NEWS,L.A. TIMES, AMSTERDAM NEWS, C-SPAN TV, NEW YORK BEACON, BLACK ISSUES BOOK REVIEW, ROLLING OUT MAGAZINE, QBR: BLACK BOOK REVIEW, FOX 5 TV, BRONX TIMES, CAPE VERDEAN, CALL & POST, BAHIYAH WOMAN MAGAZINE, HARLEM TIMES, AMAG, CARIBBEAN LIFE,BELLE, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, LIBRARY JOURNAL, BRONX TIMES, ARIZONA INFORMANT, HARLEM NEWS, BLACK NEWS, BLACK STAR NEWS, TORONTO NEWS and television programs like THE LEARNING CHANNEL, FOX 5, PBS, CURRENT AFFAIR, THE AFRIKAN SCHOLAR, and THE NEW YORKERS TV SHOW.
A nationally Certified Reading Specialist, Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society Award Recipient, Member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, a well noted and honored Top 5 awards official, and Nationally Certified Teacher of Mathematics, she is the 1st African-American woman in history to launch a multi-media online business infusing “Literary, Media, Business and Entertainment Awards” hosted by the Literary Legends Ball Online with winners announced every New Year’s Eve traditionally by 12 midnight on Disilgold.com.
Disilgold scouts, recognizes, honors, awards and promotes artists with confidence, thus setting trends and documenting history of African-Americans in living motion like the orchestrator of a poetical symphony that draws hundreds of thousands of unique visitors serving all of the needs of the Disilgold community, and while withstanding her rise as an author and small press publisher, which have both complimented one another.
A virtually mysterious lady as a smart business woman and independent media mogul who has prevailed by dismissing any negativity and realizes “people change when one rises to the top and those standing when one reaches the finish line are not only the most successful, but will be there to cross the finish line with you,” she has managed to embrace and promote productivity “by staying true to self” and tells everyone, ‘STAY TRUE TO YOURSELF’ everywhere she goes.
The creator of the Disilgold.com 5 Principles of Success Formula, one of the most imitated formulas for success from her part autobiography and self publishing guide , The Disilgold Way, her latest tour is simply entitled ” LITERARY DIVAS FALL IN LOVE WITH YOU BOOK TOUR.” T
here’s more to come from this modern day Literary Diva on the rise.
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