• Bard Bio

    "A poet is a bird of unearthly excellence, who escapes from his celestial realm arrives in this world warbling.” ~Khalil Gibran

    Sylvia Green Chatman a. k. a. Sincere Scribe™ - Poet, Author, Graphic Designer, and Lyricist/Songwriter

    "Sylvia Chatman did what many do not have the courage to do: She left her job to pursue her true passion. In her case, it's poetry." ~Reveille

    "Ink runs from the corners of my mouth. / There is no happiness like mine. / I have been eating poetry," writes Mark Strand. Sincere Scribe™ can relate to that metaphor. Poetry exemplifies her life. Per W. H. Auden, "A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language. "That raises a question. How did Sincere Scribe develop her love affair with words?


    In her early teens, Sylvia realized rhyme after hanging around her rapper boyfriend. She briefly copied his example of local performances with the moniker, Sweet Sylvie™. She set intentions to win a rap contest and pursue a career as a hip hop artist. She even compiled an album worth of lyrics, including one piece answering LL Cool J's rap ballad, "I Need l Love." However, Sylvia's lifestyle would soon change.


    At age 15, Sylvia accepted God into her life and ceased composing secular rap lyrics. Nonetheless, her rhyming ability later resurfaced as poetry writing. She started reading her poems at church programs and community events. Also, journals, newspapers, and magazines published her poems. That launch of Sylvia's journey as a poet. The name, Sincere Scribe™, would follow later.

    "If I can manage to influence someone, a significant deed I shall have done."

    Penning poetry for over 30 years, Sincere Scribe™ authored two books, Gift of Life and Unafraid to Dream. She also contributed poems to several Gumbo for the Soul anthologies. In addition, she placed as a finalist in the AHF Speak Out Spoken Word 2K15 The Poetry Slam Regionals. Plus, one of her verses, "Free to Exist," won over Michael Jackson's niece, Yashi Brown, to include it in "Notice Me," a mental health group poem slated for the Jackson family to add music to it.


    After discovering poetry, Sincere Scribe™ recognized her gift for graphic design. Mating artful images with inspiring words, she creates custom poems as gifts for celebrations such as birthdays, graduations, memorials, weddings, etc. She shares Robert Hatch's sentiments, "I love inspiring people and helping them reach their potential." In her poem, "Single Lifetime," Sincere Scribe™ states, "If I can manage to influence someone, a significant deed I shall have done."

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