The Artist

Sumaiyah wysdom yates

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Author, Artist, Educator, Helper…

Sumaiyah Wysdom Yates BKA “Wysdom” published her first written work — Dear Sister: A Book of Poetry and Conversation — in September of 2014. The writing came approximately one year after completing Color of Woman Intentional Creativity Teacher Training and becoming a Certified Intentional Creativity Teacher and Coach. The book, available on Amazon, is a journey through Intentional Creativity(R) using poetry as the catalyst for connecting to your Inner Self — thoughts, dreams, and musings about your Authentic Self. Wysdom wrote this book to help women implement the tools of Intentional Creativity in their lives, while having them perpetually available in their medicine baskets.

Wysdom is a survivor of intimate partner abuse. Her use of medicine painting and the other tools of Intentional Creativity were instrumental in helping her to heal the wounds of the past, find her life’s calling, and begin to walk the path Divinely given to her. In 2013, she completed her Intentional Creativity training with the knowledge that she has been called to be a helper to women also going through the process of healing from domestic violence. In the last 8 years, Wysdom has offered a multitude of classes in Intentional Creativity designed to help women begin instituting sacred self-care practices in their lives. These early years of educating women in sacred self-care has helped to shape Wysdom’s dream of offering a sacred self-care practice designed to assist survivors of domestic abuse.

D.O.T.S. of Dopeness — Domestic violence Outreach for Transformation and Support — is Wysdom’s dream realized. A sacred creative self-care practice requiring no artistic skill by design, DOTS seeks to help women establish a daily meditation and creative practice which will help them to excavate what lies beneath the wounds: their Authentic Self. Sacred self-care is key in navigating the world we live in today. To a woman who has experienced intimate partner abuse, it is even more important.

Beyond her book, Wysdom has published several magazine articles. Her most recent writing — an article discussing Juneteenth — was published in Musea Magazine in June of 2021. She is currently working on an article in honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month for the same Magazine.

In addition to Wysdom’s extensive career learning and sharing Intentional Creativity, she was also one of the owners of the Speak Out Slammaggedon, Baltimore’s Adult Poetry Slam Team. Slammaggedon won first place in the National Poetry Slam in 2017. Wysdom also owned the Soulful Emergence Art Gallery for several years before shutting its doors. Soulful Emergence was the host to 3rd Eye Thursdays, an open mic spoken word poetry event held bi-weekly for 3 years. In September 2021, Wysdom brought open mic poetry to the DIVA Empowerment Studio through Imagine Mondays, her current bi-weekly poetry event hosted by Desmond Guy.

Wysdom will be joining the 2022 Color of Woman Intentional Creativity Teacher Training course as an auditing student. Not only does she seek to update her knowledge and understanding of Intentional Creativity, Wysdom is looking to re-experience the soul healing goodness achieved through the medicine paintings she will be required to complete throughout this journey. She is on an adventure to find her best Self, both as an individual and survivor of intimate partner abuse, as well as as an educator and helper of women.

Published in musea magazine, june 2021
featured artist for musea’s women woven together juried art show, march 2021
Artwork showcased in Legend : Mystic exhibit, 2021
Speak Out Slammaggedon National Poetry Slam Champions, 2017 (as an owner)

certifications and continuing education
certified intentonal creativity teacher and coach, 2013
certified intentional creativity guide, 2021

legend course, 2020*
great work course, circa 2009*
dancing between the worlds course, 2020*
insight course, 2021*
*Intentional creativity courses
21 day green tara challenge (in process)

mother, sister, aunt, friend, wild wombmyn…

Sitting in the Main Parlor of the building that houses the
DIVA Empowerment Studio…
Color of woman

Medicine Paintings


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Medicine Painting #2

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Medicine Painting #3

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Medicine Painting #4

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D.O.T.S. of Dopeness

Active meditation
intentional creativity

A deep dive into sacred self-care…

Wysdom Writes

P.O. Box 322, Columbia MD 21044