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Wanda Burnside
 CRW President & Poetry Editor
Award-Winning Author and Poet

(313) 491-3504 or Email

About The Author

Mrs. Wanda J. Burnside is an award-winning poet and writer. Since 1970, she has received more than 25 national and local honors in writing. At the age of 20, while a student at the University of Detroit, she received her first poetry award from Broadside Press. The famed Michigan Poet Laureate, Mr. Dudley Randall, who was the founder of this organization, awarded her with this prestigious honor. In 1999, she received both “The Writer of the Year Award” and “The Persistence Writer of the Year Award” from the American Christian Writers Association.

Wanda is on of the contributing poets in the newly released anthology, SISTAHFAITH: Real Stories of Pain, Truth, and Triumph published by Simon and Schuster of New York. This book was compiled by the noted author and speaker, Marilynn Griffith. Wanda is a contributing author and poet in other major Christian books such as: Too Soon to Say Goodbye and Wounded by Words true painful stories compiled by Susan Titus Osborn, MA, Karen L. Kosman and Jeenie Gordon, MS, MA, LMFT. FAITH: Use It . . . or Lose It! By Minister Mary Edwards.

She has written three books: Rejections - 12 Steps to Recovery, The Christian Poetry Guide and Free From It! In 2010, several new books will be published: STAND, Deliver Us from Evil, and others. Wanda is the founder and publisher of THE LAMP newsletter. She has written more than 800 poems, 22 performed plays for children and four drama productions for adults.

Her poems, “A Prayer Can Reach Heaven” and “Come to Me” have been produced as video productions by WebTech Design Group. These highly acclaimed videos have changed lives around the world with their inspirational messages.

Her articles, devotionals, prayers, short stories, and gospel messages are regularly published in magazines, journals, newspapers, and anthologies. Wanda’s work is published on websites and online magazines with The Sistahs Ministry, WomenNPower, The Called and Ready Writers and many other ministries. She has received poetry honors, publication and recognition with The Roberta Heck’s Ministry, Rhonda Welsh Ministries, and other leading ministries around the United States.

In 2003, her story titled, “A Slice of Mama’s Pie” was selected as one of the prize winning stories in a special commemorative edition of The Michigan Chronicle and The Michigan Front Page newspapers for the “Women of Purpose” competition.

Wanda is:

  • The founder and president of “Write the Vision Ministries and Media Productions International.” Since 1995, she has published ten gospel tracts with more than 8,000 distributed across the United States, Canada, Honduras, London, Italy, and in Africa (Zambia and Kenya).

  • The founder and president of “The Mother Willie Lee Palm Foundation,” established to continue the legacy and vital mission of her mother to help the needy, support youth programs, and give monetary donations to charitable organizations.

  • The president and poetry editor of “The Called and Ready Writers” of Detroit, founded in 1999 by Minister Mary D. Edwards.

  • The administrator of the Café of Christian Books in “The Sistahs Ministry International” co-founded and directed by Reverend Celeste Kelley. She selects and promotes the work of authors and poets around the world.

Wanda was:

  • The editor and staff writer of The Detroit Church World Magazine in the 1980's. Bishop Floyd Mitchell was the founder and chief editor.

  • The coordinator and editor the Marygrove College Course Directory.

In 1972, she graduated from the University of Detroit with a B.S. in Humanities/Early Education. Wanda has taught grades K-7 in public and private schools in the Detroit area. She has also tutored students in middle school and high school.

Wanda is certified in several Christian ministries from William Tyndale College. Wanda further pursued Christian education at Charles Harrison Mason Church of God in Christ Bible College in Detroit. She is one of their founding students.

Her parents, Elder Minor Palm, Jr. and Missionary Willie Lee Palm, trained her as a child to serve the Lord. She has faithfully served her church, Greater Miller Memorial Church of God in Christ. Bishop Earl J. Wright, Sr. is the pastor.

Wanda taught Sunday School for over 35 years, worked for more than 20 years in the Vacation Bible School Dept., served as the Public Relations Director for nearly 40 years, and other areas of leadership in the church. Wanda actively served in the choir, usher board, missions, and several other departments. She was Bishop Wright’s executive secretary for nearly 20 years.

Throughout the years, she has received many distinguished awards for church and community services. In 1990, The Congress of national Black churches presented her with “The Laity Leadership Award.” The following year, in 1991, The Association of Christian Business Owners honored her with “The Founder’s Award” for outstanding service to the Church of God in Christ by a Layperson.

Wanda is a masterful award-winning cook. Her recipes have won prestigious awards from Faygo Beverages, Progressive Soups, Weight Watchers, Thorn Apple Valley and several other national companies. “The Detroit Writers Guild” selected her “Sweet Potato Oatmeal Cookies Recipe” as a winner in their contest. It appears in their historical cookbook titled, “Spirit.

In 1972, Wanda married Mr. Simmie Lee Burnside, Jr. He is a devoted husband and manager of “Write the Vision Ministries and Media Productions Int!l. Simmie actively serves in various other church ministries. They live in Detroit, MI.

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