Dr. Carla (C.C.) Carter is an educator, performer, and writer. 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 the Fifth Annual Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Competition and the First Annual Behind Our Masks Poetry Slam. Dr. Carter is a regularly featured artist on Olivia Travel Vacations and at women’s music festivals around the country. She 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, and 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 LGBTQ 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. She has an M.A. in creative writing from Queens College, and earned her Ph.D. in Christian education from Jacksonville Theological Seminary. She is currently a consultant at Philander Smith College in Arkansas, working as program coordinator of Religious Life and Campus Culture, as well as teaching drama and theater as an adjunct.