FREE Exploring the Themes -- Nowhere Else I Want to Be

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the award-winning book:

"Nowhere Else I Want to Be: A Memoir"

Grand Prize, Nonfiction / Authors Talk About It Book Contest 2017

Finalist / 2017 National Indie Excellence Awards, Memoir category

Finalist / 2017 Next Generation Indie Excellence Awards, Autobiography/Memoir category

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In this FREE ten-minute video lecture, you'll explore the four themes of "Nowhere Else I Want to Be: A Memoir"

* Transformation

* Social Justice and Diversity

* Addictions and Recovery

* Living / Dying


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* supplementary reading

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Marsh paints vivid word-pictures of the women of Miriam’s House, enabling us to enter their lives as much as it is humanly possible to. And we come away from the book moved by both the story she tells and the honesty with which she tells it.

T.D. Banks / A&U Magazine

“Very few people take the time to delve into the plight of those less fortunate, but Carol D. Marsh’s “Nowhere Else I Want to Be” takes us into the lives of the women of Miriam's House—homeless, black and living with AIDS—and gives them a much needed voice in a sometimes cruel and harsh world. Marsh also reveals with unflinching honesty her own struggles as a white, middle-class woman living and working in a culture unfamiliar and sometimes even distressing to her. “Nowhere Else I Want to Be” is required reading for anyone who wants to know about a side of Washington, D.C. rarely seen by tourists or even natives, and a textbook example of the power of the written word crafted by a wonderful writer and even better person.”

Jesse J. Holland, author

The Invisibles: The Untold Story of African American Slaves in the White House

Black Men Built the Capitol: Discovering African American History In and Around Washington, DC.

Your Instructor

Carol D. Marsh
Carol D. Marsh

Carol D. Marsh was Founding Executive Director of Miriam's House -- a residence for Washington, DC's homeless women living with AIDS. Marsh lived and worked at Miriam's House until December 31, 2009, when chronic migraine disease forced her to resign.

Under her leadership, Miriam's House was home for more than 150 women and 30 children, and won the 2003 Washington Post Excellence in Nonprofit Management Award.

Marsh founded the FORUM FOR GROWTH IN SERVICE in 2017. She has spoken about her life and work at Miriam's House to various DC-area groups, including Georgetown University's Medical Residents (Family Medicine); Washington Scholars Program; ALIVE!; Washington AIDS Partnership; and Discipleship Year.

In August 2014, Marsh earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College. Her thesis was Nowhere Else I Want to Be: A Memoir, published in January 2017. Learn more HERE.


Awards for "Nowhere Else I Want to Be: A Memoir"

  • GRAND PRIZE WINNER (Nonfiction): Authors Talk About it 2017 Book Contest
  • FINALIST: National Indie Excellence Awards (Memoir), 2017
  • FINALIST: Next Generation Indie Excellence Awards (Autobiography/Memoir), 2017
  • FINALIST: Sarton Women's Book Award (Memoir), 2018

Marsh's essays have been honored as the Winner of the 2016 New Millennium Writings Literary Nonfiction Award; as Honorable Mention in the 5th Anniversary Contest (2016) of the literary journal, Under the Gum Tree; and as Honorable Mention in Soundings Review's 2014 First Publication Contest.

Her essays have appeared or are upcoming in Los Angeles Review, River Teeth, New Millennium Writings Anthology,The Tishman Review, Lunch Ticket, bioStories, Getting Old Anthology, and Jenny Magazine.


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