About Dr.Keisha Wizzart
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Born and raised in the inner city of Baltimore, MD, Dr. Keisha Wizzart, who pens under the pseudonym Author Keisha Starr, turned her pain into payments by earning a Ph.D. and Master’s degree in Human Services with a concentration in Marriage and Family Counseling and a Bachelor’s and Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education, Human Development. After contributing to the human services and mental health fields for over twenty years, she combined her love of writing with her passion for helping others to launch a literary career that is currently narrating her destiny one page at a time.
Author Keisha Starr
Dr. Wizzart grew up in a household of musicians and writers. She watched attentively as her family formed the first reggae collective in Maryland, The Determination Band, which introduced her to the art of music and scripted language. After wowing a crowd of thousands during a music fest, Keisha decided to embark on her own literary and musical journey. She began penning songs, short stories, stage plays, and poems at an early age, becoming a published author by the age of thirteen. Her crafty writing skills, a knack for compelling storytelling, and seasoned vocabulary made her an instant literary prodigy.
By age 21, Dr. Wizzart wrote, vocally arranged, and released her first album, “True Confessions,” which created a buzz throughout the DMV area. Her edgy yet sultry style of writing wove a bridge of opportunity to work with mainstream recording labels and local artists, where she was able to dive into a new lane of creativity—service providing.
Dr. Wizzart, who ghostwrites for several recording artists, has since added “Bestselling Author” and “Publisher” to her list of credentials. In 2011, her short story “Dying to be a Star" was published in Nikki Turner’s anthology, Street Chronicles: A Woman’s Work, which became a New York Times Bestseller. In 2014, she launched ExSTARdinary Publishing and co-published an anthology, Diary of a Boss Chic. Since then, she has released the three-part Jamaican Me Go Crazy series, which has advanced the urban fiction genre and solidified her as a credible force in the game.
In addition to writing, Dr. Wizzart has a deep passion for human services and mental wellness. Witnessing the financial instabilities and physical and mental health disparities amongst community members firsthand, she and her family launched the nonprofit Preserving Our Tomorrow to provide food, diapers, clothes, blankets, winter jackets, and other essentials to individuals living in impoverished conditions. In 2021, Dr. Wizzart merged these two passions and launched Write 4 My Soul, an expressive writing facilitation organization with a mission to combat mental health disparities in low-income communities using authorship and literary expression. In 2022, Dr. Wizzart released the Write 4 My Soul Expressive Writing and Inspirational Journal, which is composed of expressive writing quotes, prompts, and worksheets to help individuals navigate through a journey of self-exploration and mental wellness. Dr. Wizzart also serves on the Jamaican Association of Maryland as Director of Human Services and Community Engagement.
Of all her accomplishments, Dr. Wizzart considers her greatest achievement is being the mother of two energetic and hilarious sons, Kaydin and Kyrin. Watching them grow into young men taught her how to appreciate the present, live in the moment, and find value in the simplicity of authenticity, which are also qualities she developed from expressive writing.
When asked what makes your “Write 4 My Soul” program unique, Dr. Wizzart answered, “We put our client’s artistic expression at the forefront of our sessions, not their mental health issues. So, when the writing process begins, it’s not forced or micromanaged. The content is produced from the client’s unique voice and reality, so the outcome is always raw, authentic, and relatable.”