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Carter Wilson
(? - living) U.S.A.

Carter Wilson

Writer, teacher


Carter's father worked in the federal government and his mother worked in the jewelry business. Since he was in sixth or seventh gradehe wanted to be a writer. Carter attended Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., and then Harvard and graduated there in 1963, majoring in English history and literature. Harvard had a project on field training in anthropology. So Carter went to Mexico, where he had a big experience working with Mayan Indians, and ended up writing his first novel.

He taught at Stanford for a year, then at Harvard for three years, and at Tufts University outside Boston for three years. Carter published a bunch, right from the beginning. He published his first novel in 1966, the second one in 1967, a book of children's stories in 1969, and his third novel in 1972.

He was a professor of community studies at UCSC from 1972 to 2002. When he was 35, he met Ray Martinez, and they came out of the closet together. They were lovers for twenty-two years. After a couple of years with Ray, he wrote a gay novel. Ray was one of the founding members of the Santa Cruz AIDS Project.

Carter wrote the narration for The Times of Harvey Milk; Treasures on Earth is his first "gay" book (and which was a kind of gay bestseller in its Avon paperback edition). He also wrote the narration for "Common Threads", another Oscar-winning picture (1988), about the AIDS Quilt. Then also a book called Hidden in the Blood, a personal investigation of AIDS in the Yucatan (1995).. In the early-1990s he started teaching gay-content courses, developing a course called Gay Social Worlds in Santa Cruz University.


His work include:

  • Crazy February
  • Treasures on Earth (1981)
  • The Times of Harvey Milk (1984)
  • Hidden in the Blood (1995)
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