“Silence is a very loud killer; it might enter our homes and neighborhoods on tiptoes, but it’ll enter our futures by siren.” -Angela M. Carter
Angela M. Carter is an author, poet, novelist, motivational speaker, spoken word performer, visual artist and an advocate/activist. She was born, and raised, in a Virginia farming town. Angela moved abroad, to England, for nearly five years, after receiving a one-month scholarship to study at the University of Bath. She returned to Virginia with a new-found confidence, and voice. Memory Chose a Woman’s Body (unbound CONTENT, 2014) is a poetry memoir, which spotlights the effects of the silences endured after abuse, neglect and depression. Angela is a 2014 Pushcart Prize nominee, nominee for the 2015 Virginia Library Literary Award (poetry), and has been featured in a multitude of venues, including The KGB Club in Manhattan and Busboys and Poets. Her publications include Silver Birch Press, Deep Water Literary Journal, Whurk, Vox Poetica, the Plath Poetry Project, Premiere Generation Ink, City Lit Rag, The Word Ocean, Worst Week Ever, Our Stories Untold, Gutsy Living, and several anthology publications. She is an advocate of the healing ability of the arts. Angela M. Carter lives in Harrisonburg, VA, with her husband, two children, two dogs, two chickens and has many upcoming speaking engagements relating to abuse and depression awareness. www.angelacarterpoetry.com
-Like a Broken Arm: article regarding Angela M. Carter’s Mental Health Awareness events. The Daily News-Record. June 4, 2017.
-Little Grill Collective To Host ‘Inauguration-Proof Weekend.The Daily News-Record. January 18, 2017. Angela M. Carter is mentioned.
-Little Grill Collective To Host ‘Inauguration-Proof Weekend. The Daily News-Record. January 18, 2017. Angela M. Carter is mentioned.
-Two Inauguration Proof Nights.The Breeze. February 20, 2017.
-Writing on the Walls.The Daily News-Record. September 30, 2016. Angela M. Carter, creator/co-coordinator of 2nd Annual Word Show, quoted in article.
-Call to Writers and Artist for Word Show.The Staunton News Leader. August 17, 2016. Angela M. Carter, co-coordinator, mentioned. Feature photo of Angela M. Carter.
-Stroke Survivors Share Story. Daily News-Record. July 2, 2016. Article regarding art show Angela M. Carter’s artwork is in.
–Poet Angela Carter ’09 and campus communities unite for fifth annual Walk For Hope, raising awareness of depression and suicide
-Shining a Light on the Struggle.Daily News-Record. Article regarding Walk for Hope. March 19, 2016.
-Variety Show to Aid After School Program. Daily News-Record. Mention. March 14, 2016.
–‘Conversations on Sexual Violence’ symposium aims to nurture community-building and resilience. Eastern Mennonite University. Mention. March 9, 2016.
-Tales on Tap. Rocktown Weekly. December 11, 2015. Front page article.
-A Way With Words. Bloom Magazine. Fall 2015 print and online issue. Five page article and photos. October 26, 2015. (see left)
-After Nyne magazine. London, England. Angela M Carter on the Need to Write and Validating Oneself Through Words. October 2, 2015.
–James River Writers: Interview with Angela M. Carter. September 24, 2015.
–One-time Gathering of Poets Planned. Daily-News Record. September 10, 2015. Article and photo.
–Poetry Share. Article and photos. The Winchester Star. May 29, 2015.
–A poet blooms. Article and photos. Eastern Mennonite University website. May 28, 2015.
-Touched with Fire: A Reading/ Q & A. Lexington, VA paper. April 3, 2015.
-‘Poetic’ Licence: Angela Carter. Front Page Article. Rocktown Weekly, April 3, 2015.
–‘Poetic’ Licence: Angela Carter, Three Notch’d to Celebrate National Poetry Month, First Fridays. Article. Daily News-Record. March 27, 2015. (photo below)
–Mentioned in the Rural Pen article. Daily News-Record. January 25, 2015.
–PANK Magazine: Book review. January 15, 2015.
–Spitzer Centers Hosts Written Word/Visual Arts Show. Daily News-Record. December 2, 2014 (Angela M. Carter is interviewed as a co-coordinator of the Word show).
–Carter Makes Donation. Brunswick Times Gazette. December 15, 2014.
–A mention in author Shirley Hershey Showalter’s blog: A Good Day is a Gusty. December 10, 2014.
–Angela M. Carter is a 2014 Pushcart Prize Nominee. December 1, 2014. (see photo above)
–Author Speaks at Local College: South Hill Enterprise. Wednesday, October 29, 2014.
–Local Poet’s Fundraiser Coming to Close: Daily-News Record. Thursday, October 30, 2014.
–Memory Chose a Woman’s Body: Angela M. Carter on Poetry and Trauma: September 12, 2014. Loren Kleinman’s Huffington Post blog.
–SVCC Grad to Speak at Meet the Author Event: September 10, 2014. SVCC
–Meet the Author and SVCC Grad on September 24th in Alberta: multiple articles. September. Emporia News, Brunswick Times Dispatch, South Hill Enterprise
–A Place of Terrible Beauty: (August 2, 2014) Daily-News Record. An article about Angela’s art exhibit, Refraction of Wounds
Recently Published Poet Grew Up In Alberta: (July 30, 2014) Brunswick Times Gazette
-‘Refraction of Wounds’ Reflects Real Life: (July 24, 2014) an article about upcoming art show – Daily-News Record
-Author from SVCC- (July 3, 2014) Emporia News
-SVCC Offers Life-Changing Opportunity for Author-(July 2, 2014) Southside VA Community College article
-A Woman of Her Words: ilovemyburg.com (June 30, 2014) – blog post feature
-Recently published poet grew up in Alberta: South Hill Enterprise (June 22, 2014) -hometown press
–A poetic memoir of pain and healing: The News Leader (June 8, 2014) -article introduces Memory Chose a Woman’s Body
–Review of book launch event and writing: Worst Week Ever (June 6, 2014)
–Local Poet Celebrates Life at Book Launch Event: Daily News Record (May 22, 2014)
–National Poetry Month Reading (SWAG) – Augusta Free Press (April 14, 2014)
–TBTN / Collins Center events – Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Rocktown Weekly (April 4, 2014) -mentions Angela M. Carter’s 6pm reading at Collins Center event
–Sexual Assault Awareness Events: Collins Center & TBTN: Daily News Record (April 1, 2014) -mentions Angela M. Carter’s 6pm reading at Collins Center event
-Article about Women in Focus Event : The Breeze (JMU publication) (March 26, 2014)
–No White Spaces: Article about Angela’s therapeutic writing coaching: Daily News Record (September 17, 2013)
Angela M. Carter’s Richmond-based poetry reading covered on Danielle Campbell Photography’s Blog. November 2014.
Angela M. Carter’s January 2014 performance on the I Love My Burg blog!
Angela M. Carter, featured on Local Love Blog Story
September 3, 2015. Hello Harrisonburg podcast. Interview.
May 6, 2015. Enter Underground Blog. Interview.
December 31, 2014. Julian Callo: Desvario–a book review blog. Interview and book review.
October 1, 2014. Whurk: Issue 20. October 2014 issue. Page 4. Poem, photo andbook information.
September 14, 2014. Memory Chose a Woman’s Body: Angela M. Carter on Poetry and Trauma: September 12, 2014. Loren Kleinman’s Huffington Post blog.
August 13, 2014. Interview on Lauren Scharhag’s author blog: Writing and memory
July 24, 2014. WMRA- Harrisonburg, VA’s local NPR station: THE SPARK 90.7, 6:20pm
June 2, 2014. Press Release for Memory Chose a Woman’s Body.
June 1, 2014. Angela featured on London-based blog by Fantastical Dom.
May 2, 2014. Sex and Politics Radio. Brooklyn College Radio. 9pm
April 21, 2014. Featured blog interview with New York City’s At the Inkwell
Dec. 5, 2013. Angela talks about her forthcoming book, Memory Chose a Woman’s Body, why she writes, and the changes writing has manifested in her life.
Angela M. Carter is also listed in Poets & Writers online directory.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer/artist?
In all honesty, I cannot remember a time that I wasn’t a writer. From my first memories, I can recall creating artwork and writing verse. I don’t believe I had a choice in whether or not I became a writer–as I believe we are all artists. There is no doubt in my mind that it was embedded in me, in order to be able to cope with certain instances during my life.
How long did it take you to write poetry memoir, Memory Chose a Woman’s Body?
Wow, that’s quite a question. I do not recall a time that I was not writing towards it. I invested such a large amount of time into formulating my words into ways that didn’t compromise identities or alienate relationships. However, when I began to write the words for the sake of truth, they took shape quickly. I’m very proud of the voice of the book, and the responses I am receiving once individuals are reading it.
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
I do wish I had a schedule! I have to make time in any nook and cranny of the day that is available. I don’t like to force any particular time, but find that Sunday mornings are a creative time for me. Another time that works well for me is (for some reason) around 2am. I call 2am my writing hour; it seems like an hour that a person is their most vulnerable to their thoughts.
Where do you get your information or ideas for your poetry?
Many of my poems are based on my own real-life stories. However, every once in awhile I’ll be in a new setting that will trigger a thought, or words will be said that inspire a new idea. Like most, my writing is based off my perception of everything and everyone around me, and how it has molded me. My writing is 100% emotion-based, and I don’t dislike that one bit. You might walk by me and see me staring at the sky; I don’t like to dismiss the world that is around me. I try to find a way for my poetry to make me a part of it.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Family-time is my most engaging pastime. Outside of that time, I try my hand at photography, painting, am an art-lover, support local charities, and (of course) read poetry. I’m also an avid thrift shopper, movie-enthusiast and music-lover.
What does your family think of your writing?
I won’t lie. In the beginning it was quite difficult. After a local speaking engagement I knew whatever I’d say was a game-changer. I can go to DC and talk about depression and abuse, and not worry about running into the audiences; however, when I speak here, what’s said is said. Eventually, my family and I began to see the advantages–the many emails, the letters, the hugs I’d get after my speaking engagements. It has complicated my life. Most of my life I feared people thinking I was different, and now I’ve made the choice to put a spotlight on all my weaknesses and secrets. It’s quite liberating. It has made me fearless just knowing how much good comes out of what I’ve chosen to do with my life.
Do you hear from those that have seen you read? What do they say?
One of the best feelings that I’ve ever experienced, as a writer/speaker, is an individual taking time after a reading to tell me how my words made them feel. You would be surprised how many send me an email, or pull me aside, to tell me that I had spoken about things they were unable to. I’ve received gifts in the mail that I was not expecting at all! It’s priceless, and it reminds me time and time again that being human is about connection. Art brings that out of us in a way that speaking/actions cannot.
© 2017 Angela M. Carter.