C.C. Carter earned her M.A. in creative writing from Queens College in New York. She received her B. A. in English Literature from Spelman College in Atlanta. In addition to her recent release Body Language (Kings Crossing Publishing) C. C. is the author of a chapbook, "Letters to My Love."
In 2002, C.C. was a judge and celebrity guest at the Gay Games in Sydney Australia. C. C. and can be seen touring the Women's Music Festival circuit, performing her poetry and prose work, "Living Large in a Shrinking America."
or "On Becoming Woman".
The once aspiring actress, now moonlights as one, and can be seen in the film documentary, Living with Pride - Ruth Ellis @ 100 Years, Kevin’s Room, and "Chic-a-go-go Children’s Hour. She is a member of the performance ensemble, A Real Read.
In the slam competition scene, C.C. won the 5th Annual Guild Complex Gwendolyn Brook’s Open Mic Competition, and the Lambda Book Review’s 1st Annual National Slam Competition at the Behind Our Mask conference, as well as several local and national slams, and was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award (Lammy) for her poetry. She is an adjunct professor at Columbia College on Chicago where she teaches performance poetry workshops.
On Becoming Woman or Living Large in a Shrinking America:
A one-woman show that examines the effects of body profiling in America. Views, stereotypes and discrimination toward full size women. Emotionally moving and hysterically funny. "C. C. Carter started out the second act with a piece she recently wrote, about women and their body sizes. She shattered stereotypes and we witness her self-esteem grow and her character come to terms with her new body image and what it means to be a woman. She was funny, perfectly timed, and as always, a treat to watch."
- Tracy Baim, Editor, Windy City Times - Outlines Magazine
"C. C. Carter, a seasoned Chicago Slammer, brought the house down with,The History of My Hips," a diva inspired ode to big-bottomed girls everywhere."
- Wendy Johnson, The Washington Blade
" Carter's poetry comes to us in the midst of chaos to give us self-styled home truths and juicy secrets .
" A celebration of the physical nature of language. The poems in Body Language bend to the heat of C. C.'s voice, Wrapping themselves into songs of desire and self l love that make you want to shout "yes yes yes yes yes!" with each reading. Emotional, erotic and ecstatic, her words inspire us to say true to our sexiest selves, and to share our joy with the woman we grow with, cry with and love with, again and again and again .
" In Body Language, C. C . Carter gives voice to her layered truths of being femme, lesbian, black and Latin in a society that sees her and thinks straight and African American. From her Dominican roots ( and all the complex history that goes with it), C.C. unfold her girlhood attempts at assimilation and her adult acceptance of the power of her sexuality and her body's gifts. Body Language portrays C.C.'s voyage to womanhood, and she proves to be the best translator for the trip. .