Mrs. Roberts was the first African American female policewoman for the City of Lubbock in the late 80’s. She also was enlisted in the United States Navy. Stephonia W Roberts is an award-winning author and poet. She has published 7 books. In 2017 her book Stories from Big Mama’s Porch (a memoir) won a Reader’s Choice Christian Literary Award. Three of her books are poetry books Drops of Shade, Groceries of Life and The Nature of the Garden.
Mrs. Roberts is also involved in several community projects around Tarrant County with a passion and history of volunteering. She is the Vendor Chair for The Tarrant County Harambee Festival, and recently accepted appointment as Membership Chair on the Board of Directors for The Tarrant County Black Historical & Genealogical Society.
She is passionate about her service with Tarrant County Harambee Festival, Lenora Rolla Heritage Museum, Heritage Art Committee and A Holiday Taste of Art. She is also a member of Generation Uplift1, Southside Renaissance Committee, U S Chambers of Commerce, American Herb Guild Society, Dogan Alumni Committee Ft Worth Chapter, Cross Timber Master Naturalist, Native Prairie Association of Texas, Texas Coalition Environmental Association. She is a former member of StopSixShapeUp Committee. She is affiliated with the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Oliver Nature Park of Mansfield, Tandy Hills Nature Center, Fort Worth Nature Center, Native Plant Society of North Texas Chapter, Texas Master Gardener, Cross Timbers Master Naturalist, River Legacy Science Center and the Poly Gardens.
She is the President of Metro Authors Group (a collective group of authors focusing on literacy, mentoring and encouraging the development of potential authors). She is involved with a collective artistry poetry group Renegade Voices Collective. Mrs. Roberts as a Poetess has been featured at The Grackle Art Gallery, TCU Upward Bound Alumni Banquet, TCC Southeast Campus Women’s Conference, Twice on the Dogan Alumni Big Broadcast, The 1st & 2nd Annual Books, Burgers & More Bookfest , The Benbrook Library Friday Series , Paul Quinn College Women August Accountably Luncheon, Queen in You Luncheon , Spoken Word Jazz Experienz, and Spoken Word Exhibition hosted by the Arlington Alumni Chapter of Delta Alpha Theta Sorority. Recently she participated as the opening headliner for Gia Scott Heron (the daughter of the legendary jazz and soul poet Gilbert Scott Heron).
She has been featured on local radio shows such as Dock Book Shop Radio, The Authors Lounge, Joy & Company, Mealz in Heelz, Better Tarrant Podcast, Queen Silvy Show, Dunham Business Hour, Community Expressions and STEM RADIO. In her spare time, she is an Herbalist and Texas Master Naturalist where she hosts and teaches Ecology at Carter Park Elementary School, Generation Uplift Summer Camp Program and she offers field trips to her garden of Eve for children. She’s been a guest speaker at The Botanical Gardens, VBC Women’s Annual Tea Event, Women’s Conference at St Paul’s Missionary Baptist Church, Proceeding Word of Faith Ministries, Fort Worth Assembly 281 with an emphasis on teaching the plants and herbs of the Garden of Eden. As a gardener and business owner she has been mentioned or featured in Fort Worth Star Telegram, Fort Worth Weekly, LaVida Black Newspaper, featured articles in VoyageDallas Magazine, ThisIsYourBestLife Blog and DFW Green Source Magazine.
She is currently working on her 8th and 9th books due to release sometime in late 2020. Her hobbies are collecting caterpillars and teaching people the beautiful metamorphosis of butterflies.
In corporate America, Mrs. Roberts has over 30 years of customer service from retail, hospitality, law enforcement to business administration. Serving the last 16 years as assistant supervisor in telecommunications.
As a small business owner Mrs. Roberts is the owner of Mrs. Jacks Natural & Organic Body Foods, LLC. Also, she teaches classes on Alternative health with vitamin, mineral and herbal supplements besides having a healthy diet along with exercise.