Hope H. Lee
Hope H. Lee retired from the Prince George’s County School System where she taught Family and Consumer Sciences at Oxon Hill High School from 1996 to 2009. She taught courses in Foods and Nutrition, Fashion Design and Interior Design.
An honors graduate of Morgan State College (now University), Baltimore, Maryland, she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Home Economics Education. She also holds a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College), Westminster, Maryland. Her education has spanned an entire lifetime and she continues to avail herself to every opportunity to engage in lifelong learning.
Ms. Lee has always been concerned about the eating habits of young children and hopes her book What Colors Did You Eat Today? will make a positive impact.
Gayle Johnson is the fifth of eight children born to the late Charles Johnson, Sr. and Jean Johnson. A native Washingtonian, she now resides in Capitol Heights, Maryland in Princes George County. Reading, writing, and recording newsworthy events has always been a daily pastime for Gayle. Her interest in creative writing was piqued at age fourteen while attending a boarding school where she created her first short story.
Johnson believes she was born to write even though she was diagnosed with dyslexia at an early age. This did not stop her from fulfilling her passion of writing. It only added fuel to the fire of her desire to be successful in the literary world.
In 2006, after the loss of a twenty plus year career in the medical field, Johnson wrote her first masterpiece; a mind grabbing, heart-wrenching fictional story that takes you back in the day where What’s Past is Not Forgotten. From 2008 to 2011 Gayle had 4 books published.
Dyone Massey Mitchell
Dyone Massey Mitchell, who goes by the stage name of Dee Poetic Mistress, is a spoken word artist and published author of a book of poetry entitled Love Pain Passion and Poetry. Every last Friday of the month you can find her at Annie’s Art Gallery in Camp Springs, Maryland where she hosts an Open Mic Talent Night and performs her poetry.
Line Dancing and Hand Dancing are also among her passions and she has been a member of the energetic dance team The FreeStyle Dancers for the past eleven years.
Acting has become one of her newfound passions and, as a result, has landed her roles in stage plays such as The Devil Don’t Live Here Anymore, In the Name of Love, Love is Revolutionary, Lost and Found, and most recently she was cast in the Maryland production of the musical stage Play The Color Purple. In May of last year Dyone performed her One Woman Show to a sold out crowd at Harmony Hall in Ft. Washington, Maryland, where she portrayed five different characters that she created.
B. Nakia Garner developed her love of writing at a young age. She wrote her first poem at the age of eight and has not put her pen down since. Her love for the written word led her to pursue a communications degree from Syracuse University and a career as a newspaper editor. In addition to penning her first full-length novel, a feat that was more than 20 years in the making, B. Nakia is also a book reviewer for Romantic Times magazine and an active member in her local chapter of Mocha Moms, Incorporated. B. Nakia is also the founder of Flying Fingers Communications, which provides editing services. Her future projects include the continuation of her Element Series, four books whose characters and settings are predominantly influenced by earth, wind, water and fire. In addition to writing and reading, she enjoys traveling, playing board games, going to the movies, and using her writing as a way to spread God's word.