Tuesday, July 19, 2022


Mechanics Institute Library of San Francisco

MI Quarterly  July-September 2022

Member Profile

Sheryl Bize-Boutte

"Libraries have been a part of Sheryl Bize-Boutte’s life since childhood,

when she would frequently visit her elementary school’s library.

She has been writing since she was twelve years old, prompting her

parents to gift her a Smith-Corona typewriter for her stories.

Since retiring, Sheryl has been focusing more and more on

her writing, embarking on a second career as a writer. She has

published multiple poems, short stories, and one long-form novel

titled Betrayal on the Bayou. Her poetry collection, No Poetry No

Peace, is the namesake of the Institute’s new biannual poetry event,

inaugurated in April of 2021. She lets her story ideas – and whether

they are written as poetry, short stories, or long-form novels – flow

naturally from her muse. 

Sheryl appreciates the Institute for its history and commitment to

welcoming all to the stacks, at events, and in classes. She credits

the Mechanics’ Institute with being a boon to her throughout the

pandemic. The Institute's quick pivot from in-person to virtual events

helped Sheryl enhance her art, storytelling, and teaching practices.

Her work with Mechanics' Institute has caught the attention of

other institutions who have begun requesting her presence as a

speaker and storyteller. Sheryl has taught and presented lectures

on the craft of writing at the San Francisco Writers Conference, the

American Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference,

and Toastmasters. She is currently working on her second novel

and is a well-regarded teacher of writing who has received much

positive feedback from individuals who have attended her classes

at Mechanics' Institute.

Look for upcoming writing classes at the Institute taught by Sheryl

Bize-Boutte. We appreciate her commitment to the art and craft

of writing, and are working to continue building a community of

writers whose work, like Sheryl's, makes great impact on the Bay

Area and beyond!"

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