The purpose of this course is to provide you with
a guide for personal exploration of
the award-winning book:
Nowhere Else I Want to Be: A Memoir.
Finalist / 2017 National Indie Excellence Awards (Memoir)
Finalist / 2017 Next Generation Indie Excellence Awards (Autobiography/Memoir)
In this Readers Forum course you will:
Explore the book's themes of transformation, and living with addictions;
Explore the book's themes of social justice and illness and dying;
Be encouraged to reflect on your own life and what you've learned.
"Nowhere Else I Want to Be is a treasure as much as it is a tragedy, if for nothing else, for Carol’s bold, dignified, and honest approach to a truth best not left forgotten."
5-STAR REVIEW / Authors Talk About It
"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. And we come away from the book moved by both the story she tells and the honesty with which she tells it."
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.
LITERARY AWARDS AND PUBLICATIONS
Awards for "Nowhere Else I Want to Be: A Memoir"
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. Other essays have appeared in or are upcoming in Los Angeles Review, River Teeth, Lunch Ticket, bioStories, and Jenny Magazine.