Sylvia is an editorial fellow at Shenandoah literary journal. She also serves as a first reader for The PEN America Prison Writing Program and a poetry reader for the journal Ploughshares. Her work has appeared in DIAGRAM, Ponder Review, Spilt Milk, Allegory Ridge, The Santa Clara Review, and elsewhere. She has received support from the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, PEN America, Topical Cream, The Emerging Artist Initiative, Poets at the End of The World Collective, Creative Capital, and The Maryland State Arts Council. Before the pandemic she worked as a GED educator for incarcerated adults in Jessup, Maryland and as a civil rights tester with the National Fair Housing Alliance. She recently earned her MFA at American University in Washington D.C.where she served for three years as a poetry reader for the literary journal Folio.
2021 Artist Support Program: An audio version of “Buzzard,” a debut collection of poems that deal with notions of class inequality, ancestral memory, and loss.