Syd Stewart is a Los Angeles based writer and filmmaker. She is the Founder/Executive Director of Better Youth, a non-profit organization that builds creative confidence in foster youth through mentoring and media arts training. She has authored two collections of poetry, A Rock and A Hard Place (iUniverse, 2010) and Babylon Graffiti (Zeitgeist Press, 2019). Syd was featured in films Hughes’ Dream Harlem and Everyday People, and has appeared in The New York Times, Variety, and People Magazine. Stewart’s work was selected by the National Endowment For The Arts’ 50th Anniversary. She is a 2020 BIPOC Sci-Fi Storytelling Fellow, a 2019 Indie Memphis Black Filmmaker Finalist (handpicked by Barry Jenkins), 2017 New York Stage and Film filmmaker fellow, Austin Film Festival Second Rounder and 2016 Universal Pictures Emerging Writers semifinalist. Syd was recently staffed as a television writer on an upcoming scripted series.