C.C. Carter is a Chicagoan with national prominence on the performance poetry scene. Her first book, Body Language, a collection of poetry, 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. She has created  and maintained several traditions in the poetry community, including national and local poetry slams for people of color, and the women of color night at Mountain Moving Coffeehouse.  She has participated in hundreds of women’s music festivals, including the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, and has sold out performances on both coasts. Recently she was a guest performer with Nedra Johnson and Mimi Gonzalez on an Olivia Cruise, receiving standing ovations for all three appearances. Her performances  have been earned her opening credits for Nikki Giovanni, Maya Angelou, Cheryl Clarke and Dorothy Allison and headlining credits on bills with Staceyann Chin, Alix Olson, and Andrea Gibson.


In 2003 C.C. founded POW-WOW, Inc, a weekly spoken word venue that has received honors and award recognition for  being a safe space for women to develop, showcase and listen to other women artists.  POW-WOW is a staple for the  international and national poetry elite – having showcased Stacyann Chin, sharon bridgforth, Eve Ensler and a host of Def Poetry Jam artists who list POW-WOW as a “must do” on their tour schedules.  C.C. has produced large scale events for the Department of
Cultural Affairs and the Chicago Gay Games.


As a result of her arts and activism work, she has received numerous awards and honors, including being inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame for her work as an advocate in Arts and Culture and the 2004 Trailblazer Award for her work and curation of Lesbian theatre projects.  In 2005 C.C. Carter was one of six international recipients to be dubbed the esteemed title  by Eve Ensler of Vagina Warrior for her work in creating a safe space for women artists who are survivors of violence.  She  received the 2006 Model of Hope Award by Pride and Equality Magazine.


C.C. holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from Queens College, B.A. from Spelman College, in English Literature with a minor in Performing Arts.  She has taught master classes and conducted lectures throughout the country at various colleges and universities.


C.C.’s work can be found in the following collections:

Lambda Literary Nomination Best Lesbian Poetry 2003 – Body Language

Chapbook – Letters to My Love

Chapbook – Sonlight, The Poetic Diary of a First Time Mother

On CD:

EarCandy – The Erotic Works of  C.C. Carter

Anthologized in –

Best Lesbian Erotica (two different editions),

Does Your Mama Know,

Best Black Women’s Erotica

Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution

Dykes With Baggage

Windy City Stories (upcoming TBA)

In The Spirit: African American LGBTQ talk about Spirituality

Mighty Real – (2011 release)

Dykes on Mics – (2011 release)

OUTspoken! Your Silence Will Not Protect You  (2011 release)

Saved by a Poem – (her work is mentioned and referenced in anthology)





http://glhalloffame.org/  C. C. Carter (2002)

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