Born in Chicago, IL., in 1966, Carri (Lewis) White grew up in a family of five. Although her parents had been rooted in the metropolitan Mid-West, they moved to Billings, MT, when White was very young. There she attended both Rimrock and Poly Drive Elementary Schools, Will James Junior High, and Billings West High School. Throughout her school years, White was actively involved in band as a clarinetist, and during her senior year in high school she served as the drum majorette for West High’s marching band. She also acquired a fondness for diversions like camping and swimming, reading and journaling, spending time with a myriad of pets, dreaming about travel, and pestering her two younger brothers. After graduating from high school in 1984, White attended Sheridan College where she studied dental hygiene, but after much soul-searching she decided to transfer to Easter Montana College (now MSU-Billings) to complete a double-major in English and Spanish. 1990 was a busy year for her, as she graduated from college and married Scott White. She taught for one year at Harlowton High School, after which she and her husband moved to Joliet where she has taught since 1992. She and her husband have raised two children in the Joliet area, and White loves living in a place where wildlife makes a regular appearance, even in town.