CAROLYN M. BOYKIN
CAROLYN MITCHELL BOYKIN, was born in Rayville Louisiana, and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Enamored of reading from the moment she could decipher the meaning of words, she discovered Edgar Allen Poe in the sixth grade when her teacher began reading his stories aloud to the class. Later that year she won her first award for writing.
Fan fiction and short stories would take her through puberty. At the behest of her English teacher, when she was sixteen, she became a member of Urban Gateways Writer’s Workshop for two years. After a tumultuous journey through a passionate life which included raising children, a happy marriage, 25 years of teaching and implementing an enrichment program for underserved children on the west side of Chicago, she embarked on the road to a master’s degree in fiction writing from Columbia College Chicago. Carolyn's graduate thesis evolved into her first novel.