Dr. E Carolyn Tucker has been an educator for more than 25 years, teaching students from primary to college level as well as professional developed courses for in-service teachers. She earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership form the University of Louisville. Serving on the faculty of a state university and at two community colleges. Dr. Tucker as served as an interim principal, speech and drama coach.
Dr. Tucker has is currently working on a book of poetry, a companion book to her book, House of Doors, which is a work of creative non-fiction that chronicles the life of Katie as she navigates the murky waters of sexual, emotional and physical abuse. She is also working on The Legend of the Blue Dragon, a series of children’s books, and a book of essays. She has also written a screenplay, and done several short films on topics for women and girls.
As an expert on the Rural South, she is available as a speaker and consultant in the areas of rural values, rural education, and women of the Rural South.
Carolyn and her husband live in Western Kentucky where they manage Brown Tucker Farms, LLC. They have two daughters and six grandchildren.
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"One of the best books I've ever read … the House of Doors is a true masterpiece."
—M.T. Arnold –bestselling author, film producer, and president of FC Productions
“ … House of Doors … Haunting in its descriptions, this book will hold you up to the surprise ending.”
—Tiffany Colter, award-winning author, editor, writing coach
“Katie, and the adult Kate, maintain our interest and our compassion at every step….”
—Kathy Skaggs, author of The Poet Laureate of People Who Hate Poetry and communications specialist for the Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence
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From as early as I can remember, writing my stories was the only outlet for difficult daily traumas that were the primary focus of my existence. Toward the end of my high school career, I dared to keep a few of my more obscure poems or abstract discussions in binders that I took home and hid in our little-used, dark, unfinished basement. Single, folded pages of heartfelt anguish and angst shaped into verse. Poetry could be obscure—cloistered, and yet still acceptable—it was safe.
In later years, in private therapy, I was able to re-construct the person I had been. By re-writing the verses, I wrote and stored away long ago. By ultimately writing my history, turning it into a “based-on-memoir” book, and publishing it as the House of Doors: Surviving Love in the Rural South, I was able to re-assemble the broken pieces. I share these verses so that you might recognize someone, re-call something, relate to an emotion, or realize a truth that you’ve never permitted yourself. Perhaps the verses that saved my life might save another.
As you open each of the doors in this collection of poems, remember: I have paid dearly with the blackness I allowed to color my heart. I have, at last, accepted forgiveness and Christ’s payment for my redemption; I pray you can find your pathway to wholeness. God bless your journey through every door.
Click the play buttons below to hear Carolyn read three selections of her poems from Door by Door
The Gabardine Apotheosis
The Glass Dome read by Carolyn Tucker
Sand Man read by Carolyn Tucker
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