Carla is the real deal. She’s funny, authentic, and hits hard where and when you need it. A force to be reckoned with and a bright spot in anyone’s day.
I am happy and honored to tell you about my colleague, Carla Christopher. Her work in diversity training is so Christ centered. She is firm in her convictions and always speaks the truth with kindness and respect. I appreciate Carla’s wisdom and her approach to the scriptures. As a person learning how to be an ally for my siblings of color and those in the LGBTQIA+ community, Carla’s coaching and teaching encourages me to be a better listener and to see Christ in all people. I feel safe sharing my feelings and thoughts with Carla because I know that she is listening and that she will speak the truth to me in ways that help me to let go of the negative systemic messages I have been conditioned to believe are true. Her writing speaks a reality that touches my heart and moves me to become a better, more open person.
Christine Lincoln – 5th Poet Laureate of York, PA, Random House Author & O Magazine ‘Phenomenal Woman’
Carla Christopher is a poetic tornado, a veritable force that has forever altered the landscape of poetry, spoken word, and the artistic community here in York, PA. Except , instead of devastation, in Carla’s wake minds are opened, spirits renewed, hope restored, passions are reignited. . . Carla rains down love; everyone who comes in contact is saturated to the bone.
Carla, this is in response to your requests for testimonials. Whether you choose to use this or not, no gift is required. You friendship is enough. It is my honor and privilege to acknowledge that my association with Carla Christopher has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. She is a force of nature, diverse, multi-talented, compassionate, dedicated and driven. The list of superlatives and accolades regarding her seems endless. Carla’s contribution and impact on the local community is immeasurable and priceless.
Carla has been inspiring me with her work since she was poet laureate for the City of York. She has been committed to being a voice for the marginalized through her work with many organizations. Carla revived Juneteenth celebrations in our community, educates organizations such as ELCA and non-profits locally and nationally. Persons from LGBTQIA+, black, Hispanic and other communities whose voices have long been silenced can find hope, encouragement and truth in Carla’s writings.
I just love the way Carla connects with people. Some people speak, some people lecture…Carla ‘communicates’. There is a passion, a concern, an interest and a fascination in her every conversation. Whether it’s mentoring children and young adults, talking openly with a class of college students or a reporter or performing on stage before a handful or a hundred – Carla has the same energy, enthusiasm and total engagement.
Carla is dynamic in her approach to both poetry and its advancement. She is able to reach artists in all genres, blending styles both popular and traditional to reach a diverse audience. Miss Christopher’s poetry is intuitive. Finding common ground with readers and possessing a kinetic, emotive vibrancy that transcends race, gender and age. One never fails to learn from her or to be inspired. Her tenure as Poet Laureate of York Pa. has redefined the modern incarnation of the office. Her work with young artists, first time publishing poets and the blooming art activity about the region is unparalleled.
Challenging in love is what Carla Christopher does. She can confront someone with clear bias or racism in their heart with a compassion that overcomes, not only the individual holding bias, but those within the same space of the confrontation. Her words are carefully chosen and delicately delivered. Yes, she wants to change people views on racism and bias. More than that, she wants to create an atmosphere of unity and connectedness creating an unstoppable diverse team of compassion ninjas, loving people to change and preparing people for battle.
Carla is like Robin Hood except artists are the currency. It’s amazing. There are so many artists in the “pockets” of communities that unknowingly claim them as part of their wealth, but never acknowledge them. Carla collects those artists, depositing them into a community that will not only appreciate and acknowledge them, but will use them to elevate positivity in an area.