Angela Marie Carter, author of Memory Chose A Woman’s Body, will speak at a Meet the Author event at the Christanna Campus of Southside Virginia Community College on Wednesday, September 24, 2014. She will be speaker at a 12 noon event in the John J. Cavan Workforce Development Center and again at 6 p.m. in the Howell Library. The public and students are encouraged to attend.
Quoted from Amazon.com where her book is sold, “Memory Chose a Woman’s Body is a poetic memoir, one woman’s harrowing yet hopeful story of harm and healing. The poems, each powerful as stand-alone works, are a journey of self-discovery, an epic tale of finding one’s way and voice. Angela M Carter navigates uninviting terrain with the skill and grace of a veteran truth teller. Memory Chose a Woman’s Body is a ray of cleansing light directed at the dark corners of the human heart. It is an offering of sisterhood to survivors of all kinds.”
Carter is a graduate of SVCC. She got involved with student art and literature and helped to organize the SVCC Arts and Literature Festival featuring writers, artists and musicians. Because she was going through turmoil in her personal life, she welcomed the involvement and escape through college life. A young mother, writer, motivational speaker and surprisingly strong woman wonders what her life would be like if she had not attended SVCC.
During her years at SVCC (1999-2001), the college offered a Study Abroad Program in which students could travel to the University of Bath in England to study for a semester. SVCC offered scholarships to the program and one was offered to Carter.
“I was not the typical person to receive this, but I feel it was just meant to be,” she remembers.
After what happened in England, Carter notes that she is afraid to consider what her life would be like had she not gone.
Carter notes that the trip to England was her first escape from the grim specter of a childhood stolen and the first chance to discover her true self. As a child, Carter had encountered abuse by a non-family member. Her own parents were not aware of the long-standing effects, and toll it had taken on her life, until the last few years.
“For the first time in my life, I could be who I wanted to be, I could be whoever I chose to be and I chose someone who I am really proud of,” she says with confidence. Before she felt bullied, controlled and diminished, a country girl but now, she was a scholar.
Carter blossomed in England, was mesmerized by the country and the classes and after returning to the United States to get her life in order, she went back to England on a work visa. She met her husband and they lived there for five years and have two daughters. Returning to the U.S., she received a Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Mennonite University and now lives in Harrisonburg, VA.
Update: A video of this event can be found embedded below.