Sheryl Bize-Boutte

Creative Nonfiction Writer

P. O. Box 444
Berkeley, CA 94701

Author's Bio

Sheryl J. Bize-Boutte was born in Berkeley and raised in Oakland, California. Her first 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 the publication of her short story “Dead Chickens and Miss Anne” by Persimmon Tree Magazine, and contributions to Harlequin anthologies "The Dog With The Old Soul" (her story, "The Green Collar", received a positive mention from Publisher's Weekly) 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 often serving as the backdrop for her vivid and often hilarious true tales. This work has been described as “ rich in imagery”, “incredible” and “touching.” In 2017, the sequel, "Running For The 2:10-More Stories From A Baby Boomer's Ongoing Journey" was published and has been described as "Captivating from beginning to end," and, " ... a great contribution to literature."

Published in 2016 ,“All That and More’s Wedding,” her collection of fictional mystery/crime short stories, is praised as “imaginative with colorful and likeable characters that draw you in to each story and leave you wanting more.”

An expressive and exciting reader, Sheryl often “brings down the house” with presentations of her stories and poetry. She has performed as a reader for the Bay Area Generations Literary Reading Series, Authors Large and Small, and the Annual Mills College Writer's Salon, and is a member of the California Writer’s Club-Berkeley Branch and Hayward’s B Street Writers Collective. In 2017 she was selected as the ongoing MC for the annual Montclair Library (Oakland) reading and celebration of National Poetry Month and was recently named to the Board of Directors of the Women's National Book Association-San Francisco Chapter.

A multidisciplinary writer, Sheryl also contributes commentary and articles on leadership and management through her blog at as well as various magazines and periodicals.

Publications & Prizes

A Kiss Under the Mistletoe (Harlequin Love Inspired, 2013)
The Dog With the Old Soul (Harlequin Love Inspired, 2012)
Gallery of Artistry (Poetry Guild, 1997)
Persimmon Tree
The Walrus

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
African American
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Illness/Wellness, Seniors, Teachers, Teenagers
Born in: 
Berkeley, CA
Raised in: 
Oakland, CA
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Last update: Oct 03, 2018