SHERYL J. BIZE-BOUTTE
Writer Poet Storyteller Emcee Teacher Presenter
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The Journey Continues
Sheryl J. Bize-Boutte is an award winning, Oakland based, multidisciplinary writer whose autobiographical and fictional short story collections, along with her lyrical and stunning poetry, artfully succeed in getting across deeper meanings about the politics of race and economics without breaking out of the narrative. Her writing has been variously described as "rich in vivid imagery," "incredible," and "great contributions to literature." Her short story "Uncle Martin," was nominated for a 2020 Pushcart Prize. Her first novel, "Betrayal on the Bayou," published in June 2020 continues to receive high praise. A poetry collection she has written with her daughter Dr. Angela M. Boutte, titled "No Poetry No Peace," was published in August 2020 and is the namesake of the bi-annual "No Poetry No Peace" poetry event at the famed Mechanics Institute Library of San Francisco. She is also a popular literary reader, presenter, curator, storyteller and emcee for local events.
BETRAYAL ON THE BAYOU
Readers are describing "Betrayal on the Bayou" as "A book for our time," "An absorbing, page-turning read," "...a tour de force," and," In an outstanding debut novel, S.J. Bize-Boutte weaves Creole history with the pain and joy of family ties, how the constructs of racial and gender 'norms' affect lives, and of how we choose our own path to redemption, 251 steps at a time."
See my Betrayal on the Bayou "Best of Women's Fiction" Podcast interview with author Lainey Cameron here:
"Stay steady on your journey and ever enhance your world. The larger your world, the greater your options. The smaller your world, the sooner you come to the end of it."