Maurice Butler was born and raised in northwest Washington DC. He is a proud product of DC Public Schools, having graduated from Cardozo High School, and an alumnus of Bowdoin College. He served as a DC public school teacher, varsity coach, and administrator for thirty-five years most of which was at Theodore Roosevelt High School. He has been happily married to Patricia J. Butler for thirty-three years and has two sons, Steven and Cardell. His desire to write and publish resulted from his affiliation with the DC Area Writing Project, which is the local site for the National Writing Project.