RC graduates to share writing, research experiences

by rcnewsblog on October 9, 2014


Two Roanoke College alumnae – author Sukey Forbes ’87 and English scholar Dr. Michele Lise Tarter ’82 – will visit campus this month and next to share their unique stories and writing experiences.

Forbes, who will visit Roanoke on Oct. 20, is author of “The Angel in my Pocket.”

Tarter, who will speak at Roanoke on Nov. 12 -13, is an English professor whose research focuses on women’s prison literature and the history of witches.

Forbes graduated from Roanoke with a bachelor’s degree in Art History. She later went on to marry and have three children, a son and two daughters. However, on Aug. 18, 2004, tragedy struck when Forbes lost her middle child, Charlotte, to malignant hyperthermia, a rare genetic disorder.

Charlotte was 6 years old, and Forbes struggled to find an outlet for her own grief. Forbes said she searched for messages of hope and resilience, and ultimately, found her daughter in the afterlife.

She wrote her memoir to help others who are grieving and seeking support. “The Angel in my Pocket” was published in July.

Forbes will read and discuss her memoir at Roanoke on Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Colket Center’s Pickle Lounge.

Tarter received a bachelor’s degree in English from Roanoke and a master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Colorado Boulder.

She is an English professor at the College of New Jersey, where she teaches courses in early American literature, witches in literature and literature of prison. She also co-edited “A Centre of Wonders: The Body in Early America” and “Buried Lives: Incarcerated in Early America.”

On Nov. 12 at Roanoke, Tarter will share her research on the earliest women healers – the witches. She will discuss their stories, spells and cures and analyze the threat that patriarchal society felt and its attack on these women. Her discussion will be held at 7 p.m. in the Colket Center Wortmann Ballroom.

On Nov. 13, Tarter will discuss her experiences teaching a memoir writing program in New Jersey’s only maximum-security prison for women. Her talk will be held at 7 p.m. in the Colket Center’s Pickle Lounge.

-By Hannah Cline ’15


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