A fellow scribe at The Pitch
's sister paper in Kansas City, this week tells the awesome story
of Quentin Carter
, a street-lit writer
who picked up pen and paper while doing eight years in The Big House.
(St. Louis' street-lit scene, and its starlet Keisha Ervin
, were featured in the April 14, 2009, feature story, "Lit Up."
KC's Carter was a prolific drug dealer by his late teens and went to the pen for eight years after getting caught with a kilo of crack during a rally for George W. Bush in 2000.
According to Peter Rugg's story:
"At the height of their dealing, when it was a matter of
course to owe someone on the East Coast $70,000 for a drug shipment,
and their mother was finding automatic weapons in the house, Chris
[Carter] still saw his brother [Quentin] as an even-tempered man --
he'd rather beat someone than shoot him -- with one big weakness. 'He
was something else with the ladies. He'd disappear on me for a few days
and come back with all these new clothes.'"
Quentin Carter has a whole new gig these days, in a ham factory. Check it out