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Sheryl J. Bize-Boutte was born in Berkeley and raised in Oakland, California. Her first published writing experiences began while she was a student at the prestigious Mills College in Oakland as a columnist for the College's newspaper, and the youth editor for a local magazine called "Jump Bad." After college she embarked on a 30- year management career in the U.S. Government where she tried to satisfy her need to write by becoming the "go to" person for writing and communication. When that didn't totally scratch the writing itch, she turned to helping her math oriented daughter with all of her school writing assignments. During this time her poem "That House" was published by the Poetry Guild's "Gallery of Artistry." 

Mercifully, retirement provided the freedom to engage that creative writing gene again, resulting in contributions to Harlequin anthologies "The Dog With The Old Soul" and "A Kiss Under The Mistletoe"; and, the award winning "The Walrus- A Mills College Literary Journal." In 2014, she published her first book, "A Dollar Five-Stories From A Baby Boomer's Ongoing Journey" with Oakland and Berkeley frequently serving as the backdrop for her vivid, touching and often hilarious true tales. Her second book, "All That and More's Wedding," a collection of four fictional short stories, was published in February 2016.In June 2017, Sheryl's third book, "Running For The 2:10-More Stories From A Baby Boomer's Ongoing Journey" was published. 

She is now at work on a novel as well as a sequel to "All That and More's Wedding." 

PW Covington is the hope inside of all of us on our worst day. 

He is the quiet voice, screaming inside our soul that refuses to accept defeat, even when we must lose.  He is the things we can only find after we have lost everything. More information about him is available at

Contemporary Beat poet PW Covington returns with this collection of hard lived and masterfully delivered verse. 
From the US/Mexico border to the Standing Rock reservation, Covington brings us impressions and stains left upon his soul as he traveled the continent, following the release of his 2015 collection Sacred Wounds.
His pace will be familiar to readers accustomed to his style, but this collection is much more "now" oriented than his previous books. Accessible, direct, and unflinching (even psychedelic, at times)...this is poetry born on the highway, not in the classroom. Pack a bag and kiss your loved ones goodbye; join PW Covington "out there," where the poetry is found! Features a unique "Yage Letters" inspired introduction written by Poet Laureate of McAllen, Texas, Edward Vidaurre, and a preview of Covington's forthcoming collection of short fiction.

PW Covington's writing is raw, powerful, and carries the voice of his hard-lived curriculum vitae. His poetry and prose is undeniably of Beat lineage, and his words have the power to carry the full weight of desperate yet hopeful experience. Incarceration, Poverty, War, Heartbreak, Homelessness, Isolation, these are the roots of Covington's work, but his voice is neither bitter nor caustic. It is, in his own way, hopeful. 


Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 4:00pm