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Sheri Booker

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Sheri Booker

Biography

Sheri J. Booker is a writer from Baltimore, Maryland. She is the author of One Woman, One Hustle: A Collection of Poetry and Short Stories. With her heart torn between invoking social change and reviving spoken word, she completed a BA in Political Science at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. After several years of volunteering at the National Headquarters of the NAACP in the Youth and College Division, under the leadership of her mentor Dr. Jamal-Harrison Bryant, she became a founding member of his church Empowerment Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church. It was there that her gift for poetry and creative writing was made abundantly clear. She is the founder of L.Y.R.I.C. (Liberating Yourself Rhythmically In Christ), a poetry and fine arts ministry at the Temple. Sheri has participated in missionary works in the island of Trinidad and continues to volunteer in communities and schools throughout the Baltimore/Washington Metropolitan area. She is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative NonFiction at Goucher College where she is chronicling a memoir about her nine-year experience working at a Baltimore Funeral Home. In January 2007, she will Join the Amazwi Program in South AFrica for two years serving as editorial asssistant in the Amazwi Writers program,a program dedicated to providing a medium for rural women in South Africa to express themselves through publishing. Sheri Booker is a new generational writer who not only has a passion for the written and spoken word but also a desire for leadership, volunteerism, and recording the voices and stories of others, who were once voiceless.

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