Clarissa Burton has been writing poetry and short stories more than 30 years. She is a contributing journalist for CNN iReport, Yahoo! News, Yahoo! Shine, and Yahoo! Voice. She has published in the Charleston Post-Courier, the KC Star, Flourish Magazine, and the KC Small Business Monthly. Clarissa Burton has published four books: Travel – A Poetry Compilation; Elijah’s Great Race; The Black Family Tree; and Faces—the first of a six-novella series. She has a B.A. in Psychology from Ottawa University, an M.A. in Business from Webster University; has completed all her Ed.D courses and is working on her final project in Higher Education and Adult Learning at Walden University.