Carliss Maddox is an author, educator, community advocate, and poet. She is the author of several books. She draws inspiration for her stories from her own life experiences. Firstgarten, her first published children’s book, received a 5star review rating from Readers Favorite. She is also the proud author of the affirmation book #the buildup: 12 Daily Affirmations for Young Boys of Color. Carliss has written several poems. Her thought-provoking poetry book, RAUW: Real and Unadulterated Words of Poetry Vol. 1, is a collection of poems that goes straight to the core of the inner man bringing about truth and self-reflection. For more information, visit www.carliandcompany.org.