CC Carter

Her work has received literary accolades scoring her a significant number of poetry and activism awards as well as being anthologized in over 35 literary collections. Her first collection of poetry, Body Language, was nominated for a 2003 Lambda Literary Award. She is the winner of a host of poetry slams, including winning the Fifth Annual Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Competition and the First Annual Behind Our Masks Poetry Slam. Carter is a regularly featured artist on Olivia Travel Vacations and at women’s music festivals around the country. She has shared stages with Nikki Giovanni, Maya Angelou, Cheryl Clarke, Dorothy Allison and other notables. In 2003, Carter also founded POW-WOW, Inc. (Performers or Writers for Women on Women’s Issues), a weekly spoken-word venue in Chicago that lasted for 10 years. As a result of her arts and activism work, she has received numerous honors, including being inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame (in 2002 for her cultural work), again with the African-American Performance Ensemble A Real Read (2006), and yet again for POW-WOW, Inc. (2013). Dr. Carter was one of six international recipients to be dubbed by Eve Ensler with the esteemed title of Vagina Warrior for her work in creating a safe space for women artists who are survivors of violence (2005). She has taught master classes at more than 20 colleges/universities, and is a sought-after presenter at women’s conferences. Carter is passionate about facilitating workshops to women in underserved communities, as well as those women whom are survivors of assault or have issues of trauma.