Sheri J. Booker is an award-winning author, educator and poet from Baltimore, Maryland. Her memoir Nine Years Under: Coming of Age in an Inner City Funeral Home, which was published by Gotham Books/Penguin, won the 2014 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work by a Debut Author and was a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award nominee. She also is the author of One Woman, One Hustle: A Collection of Poetry and Short Stories. Booker, who has an MFA in creative nonfiction from Goucher College and a B.A. in Political Science from Notre Dame of Maryland University, has taught writing in South Africa, India and Baltimore, and in Washington, D.C. as part of the Pen Faulkner Foundation’s Writers in Schools program. She runs a consulting business, Let Me Be Great, that includes helping aspiring writers tell their stories.