Tarshia Stanley

The Book of Ephesus, slated for release in the fall of 2011, is an ambitious revision of an Old Testament story found in the book of Hosea. Hosea is a priest who is asked to marry a prostitute. “I was so intrigued as I thought about the nuances of Hosea’s life. I wondered what his family, his friends, his ‘congregation’ must have thought of him. Next I wondered what would happen if Hosea was a woman—and not just any woman, but one who was successful and highly respected in her community? What would happen if the man she chose had done something that was disgraceful? After seven years of part time wondering, Ephesus was finally born.”

Dr. Tarshia L. Stanley writes fiction under the pen name Carolina Knight. Dr. Stanley is a Professor in the English Department at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. There she teaches courses in literature, film, and media studies. She has written several articles examining the implications of the Black female body in African and African American cinema and television. She recently edited The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Literature. Tarshia received the A.B from Duke University and the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Florida where she was a McKnight scholar.

As a native North Carolinian, Ms. Stanley had the honor of being raised by her entire community; they are responsible for nurturing her love of words. Writing as Carolina Knight, Tarshia loves to indulge the part of her that fell in love with reading fiction. When asked about her pen name, she tells the story of walking one evening across her college campus and realizing that Carolina days were typically hot and humid, but that Carolina nights were something pretty special.