LITERARY DIVA (HEATHER HALIAH COVINGTON) BIO:
A creative and innovative online force, Heather ‘Haliah’ Covington, known as the original ‘Literary Diva,’ ‘Miss Disilgold’, and ‘Literary HEAT’ has created a wave of enthusiasm and support for African-American literature and multi-industry talent as the CEO of Disilgold, a New York based publishing, media, publicity and awards enterprise.
Heather Haliah’s journalism and poetry has been called ‘very powerful,’ ‘soul stirring’ and the makings of a ‘Bright literary star to watch’. She has also, been called ‘One of the most influential and independent voices in media,’ but remains virtually mysterious and drama-free during the current social media era.
The original TV HOST of Literary Living, as seen by over 17 million viewers on the former Black Family Channel, she is noted today as “The Mother of the Neo-Literary Renaissance of the Millennium” for her work as a multi-award winning literary awards publisher, tv host, event producer, director, photo journalist and media personality who helped pave the way for many authors and artists to shine among the Best-of-the-Best on the same stages in a moment in history.
A career woman, her writing and work as a publisher, author, poet and media mogul has been featured in EBONY MAGAZINE, THE DAILY NEWS, L.A. TIMES, AMSTERDAM NEWS, C-SPAN TV, NEW YORK BEACON, FOX 5 TV, BRONX TIMES, CALL & POST, HARLEM TIMES, LIBRARY JOURNAL, PHILADELPHIA SUN, TORONTO NEWS, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY and television programs like THE LEARNING CHANNEL, ABC NEWS, FOX 5 and WBLS 107.5 fm.
A compassionate Disilgold SOUL, she relaunches 3 magazine publications such as Literary Divas Magazine (LiteraryDiva.com) The 1st Literary & Beauty Magazine, Disilgold SOUL (Disilgold.com), an online showcase featuring a catalog of literary works and interviews of members of the literary and music community and LiteraryBlast Mag (LiteraryBlast.com) noted as ‘The Authority on All Things Great’.
Noted as a TOP 5 Literary Media Personality among peers from CBS, ABC, NBC and major publications at the Small Press Conference in Manhattan, NY, she has interviewed 1000’s of celebrities as archived at DisilgoldAwards.com.
Authored works by Heather Haliah Covington include Literary Divas: The Top 100+ Most Admired African American Women in Literature, The Disilgold Way: Countdown 101 From Writer to Self Publisher, PerSOULnalities: Poems for Every Kind of Woman, PerSOULnalities: Poems for Every Kind of Man, Lil PerSOULnalities: A Children’s Book for Parents and Teachers and dozens of urban books under undisclosed pen names.
In 2017, Heather Haliah Covington, the original ‘Literary Diva’ @HeatherHaliah returns to expand her endeavors as a pioneer in literary, music and media promotions by launching 3 publications, Disilgold SOUL, Literary DIVAS and LiteraryBLAST.com.
There’s more to come from Heather Haliah Covington. Visit LiteraryBlast.com Founder and personal blog home for updates at HeatherHaliah.com .
“Greatness recognizes greatness!”- Original quote by Heather Haliah Covington, the original “Literary Diva’
LITERARY DIVA AWARDS AND HONORS
2010- Honorable African-American Teacher of the Decade Award
2009- Book Expo Book Industry Award honored at African American Pavilion
2008- Mother of the Neo- Literary Renaisance Honor
2008- New York Public Library Woman of the Month
2008- Honorable Guest Host of AA Pavilion at Book Expo and HBF 10th Year Celebration Ceremony
2008- Recipient of African-American Pavilion at Book Expo Self-Publisher of the Year Award
2008- Top 40 under 40 Diva Entrepreneur Award of Excellence
2007- Nominated NAACP IMAGE AWARD Finalist for Outstanding Historical Literature
2007- 1st African -American Women to Host National Literary Show Promoting AA literature on “Literary Living”
2007- Declared Top 5 Media Mogul by Small Press Center
2007- Call & Post Newspaper Black History and Women’s History ‘Woman of the Month’
2007- Producer and Honorable Host of Authors on Stage Tour featuring Sonia Sanchez and Lynette Khalfani
2007- WLIB Radio featured Author
2007- Toni Trent Parker Author of the Year Award Recipient (BookExpo)
2006- Featured Ebony Magazine Top Bookshelf Author
2006- Black Issues Book Review Top 100 Sizzling Book Read
2006- Penned Foreword in Book Rated 5 Stars by Tavis Smiley (Gumbo for the Soul Book Series)
2006- Hnorable Ambassador of African-American Literature by Baltimore Heritage Tours
2006- Memphis Writer’s Conference Hall of Fame Award Recipient
2006- 107.5 WBLS Circle of Sisters Expo Business Spotlight (Steve Harvey 1st Gospel & Comedy Show)
2006- 107.5 FM WBLS Website Business Spotlight
2006- Black Men Magazine’s Hype Natural Hair & Beauty Semi-Finalist (1st Runner Up)
2006- Neshee Publication Best Promoter Award Recipient
2005- Voted Best Online Network by Southern Film Festival and VIP MAgazine
2005- Producer and host of YOUnity Guild Awards (Surf Club)
2005- Producer of Authors on Stage Tour Producer at Harlem Book Fair w/ 105.1fm
2004- Guest columnist on EURWEB.com
2004- Introductory Host of Michael Baisden Seminar
2004- Producer of YOUnity Guild Awards of America Awards Show feat. Michael Baisden, Bruce George (Def Poetry Jam) and Def Jam Poets Kayo and Karen Roc, plus 1000+ DLNA (Disilgold Literary Network Association) Guests
2004- Honorable Judge of Harlem Book Fair’s 1st Annual Children’s Spelling Bee
2004- Black Refer Poetry of Excellence Winner
2004- 98.7 Kiss FM Spotlight with DJ Barry Maestro (Named Queen of Literary Promotions)
2004- Guest poet with Terry Anne O’neal and Cynthia Highsmith Hooks on Mainstage Stage at Harlem Book Fair (20,000 poetry lovers fill Lennox Ave in Harlem for presentation)
2003- Bronx Times featured poet (Named Bright Shining Literary Star to Watch!)