For many years, Bernardine (Dine) Watson was an executive with a national public policy research organization. She has written papers and articles for major non-profit groups, foundations and news organizations including The Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Ford Foundation, W.W. Kellogg Foundation, and The Washington Post. Watson’s poetry has been published by the Painted Bride Art Center and the DC Humanities Council. Her poem “Annie” won the 2001 Philadelphia Celebration of Black Writing poetry award. She is a member of The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities The Poet in Progress Program, DC Women Writers of Color and the Ward 4 Arts and Humanities Committee. For the past three summers, Watson has taught poetry writing to adolescent girls at Arts for Our Children, a non-profit organization in Washington, DC.