Chin-yer, the director of the Maya Baraka Writers Institute, a writing program for 45-60 youth poets, is a multi-award winning poet, fiction writer, essayist, and creative writing teacher. She won her first major writing competition when she was six years old. She has been featured in various literary journals and magazines and her poetry has been showcased on Fox 45. She is a two-time recipient of the prestigious Adele V. Holden creative writing prize/award; awarded to a writer who "demonstrates an understanding of craft, distinct literary vision, and voice". She was the recipient of the Academic Excellence award in Adolescent Literature through the English Department of Morgan State University. Chin-yer has performed her poetry in various modes at Baltimore Book Festival, Enoch Pratt Library, Baltimore Soundstage, Nowchild Soundstage, Walters Art Museum, African Heritage Festival, The University of Baltimore and as a feature at countless art venues and events. She holds a degree in Literature and Language Arts and is currently completing her Masters degree in Creative Writing at Morgan State University and completing a creative writing program at UCLA. She is also the founder and director of the 'The Baltimore Scene' arts movement which has curated over 50 literary and art events over the last twelve years including the largest and most reputable competitive poetry event on the East Coast, "Word War". She is honored to be the “poetry mother”/mentor of Baltimore City’s international youth poetry champions. She is eternally thankful to be the biological mother and writing coach of two exceptionally talented National poets, Soul and Lovey.