Gail Boker hails from Trinidad where she worked with the Department of Tourism promoting the heritage and culture of her home country. She is deeply interested in the intersection of the environment, economic development, Caribbean folklore, and the people at the center of it all. Her poems tell stories of peoples, places, individuals and their effects on each other and upon communities local and international in an entertaining and sometimes humorous manner. She currently works in the office of the provost at Washington University, managing projects, programs, and initiatives with a focus of diversity and inclusion. She is the mother of a brilliant fifteen-year-old budding scientist and writer and is shackled by choice to her best friend.