Billie Hanson-Dupree was born and raised in California’s San Joaquin Valley, relocated to the Bay Area to attend San Francisco State University (BA English) and has never looked back, although she returns to the Valley to visit relatives and attend her annual family reunion. She co-authored a biography of her grandmother, A Little Piece of Leather Well Put Together and had a poem published in Spectrum 18. Her essay on racism, “Perspectives”, aired on KQED public radio, can be heard on her website billiehansondupree.net. She is currently completing her novel Some Greens for My Blues set in Oakland, California in the early 1950’s. A retired educator, literacy coach (MS Education) and avid mystery reader, Billie spends her free time writing, exploring Bay Area parks and trails with her Girl Trek sisters, attending blues and jazz concerts, and traveling abroad as frequently as possible.