Beverly Willett is a non-fiction writer and former practicing attorney. Her personal essays, service pieces, and book reviews have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, Newsweek, Woman’s Day, Family Circle, Prevention, Parenting, and The Daily Beast. She’s happy to be a contributor to Nora Ephron’s new divorce page at The Huffington Post. Beverly is a former Contributing Editor to Chicken Soup for the Soul Magazine, and the Toys ‘R Us publication, Viewpoints on Parenting, and has been an advisor to Parentalwisdom.com for many years. During her first foray into the publishing world, she interviewed elementary school children about their favorite Pokemon and Digimon characters for several books published by St. Martin’s Press.
Beverly also writes about divorce both from her personal experience and those of others. And she has extensive knowledge about the judicial system. Through her writing on divorce, she has sought to make people aware of what it’s really like on the other side of divorce and separation. She is proud to be affiliated with the newly-formed Coalition for Divorce Reform, which she co-founded. She serves as Co-Chair of the Coalition, blogs there regularly, and edits the website. Please visit the website at: www.divorcereform.us. She also served as a member of the Kansas Marriage Consultation Working Group, providing advice to Gov. Brownback regarding ideas for strengthening marriage and family life in Kansas, as well as providing advice on the Second Chances Act, authored by William Doherty and Justice Leah Ward Sears.
A native of Southern Maryland, Willett has lived and worked in New York City for over 20 years. She attended Penn State University where she rooted for the Nittany Lions, was one of the first women to be inducted into the secret society Skull & Bones, and was a sorority sister in Phi Mu. After receiving a B.A. in political science, she moved to Washington, D.C. to obtain her law degree at Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law. While working her way through school, she interned at Mudge Rose Guthrie & Alexander, Wilmer Cutler & Pickering, and Arent Fox. She moved to New York after graduation to work in the legal department of the music organization ASCAP, then went on to Willkie Farr & Gallagher where she helped form one of New York City’s hottest off-Broadway theaters, MCC Theater, later becoming MCC Theater’s first Chairman of the Board. After Willkie, she headed up business affairs for CBS Broadcast International before relocating to Carro Spanbock Kaster & Cuiffo where she represented well-known clients in the areas of music, television, film, theater and photography. For several years, she also lobbied for ASCAP and represented the organization in proceedings before the U.S. Copyright Office.
The two best moments of her life occurred when she gave birth to the loves of her life – her two daughters – with whom she loves to travel, go strawberry picking, and make stuffed mushrooms, latkes and huge messes in the kitchen.
Beverly is at work on her first book, and is represented by Jenny Bent and The Bent Agency.