Carol Alena Aronoff, Ph.D., is a psychologist, teacher and writer who co-founded SAGE, a psycho-spiritual program for elders; helped guide a Tibetan Buddhist Meditation center; taught Eastern spirituality and healing practices, imagery and meditation, and women’s health at San Francisco State University. She guided Healing in Nature retreats in Hawaii and the Southwest, and had a counseling practice in Marin County for many years. She co-authored Practical Buddhism: The Kagyu Path with Ole Nydahl in 1989 and edited five books and four meditation booklets on Tibetan Buddhism. Dr. Aronoff published a textbook, Compassionate Healing: Eastern Perspectives, in 1992.
Her poetry has been published in Comstock Review, Potpourri, Poetic Realm, Poetica, Mindprints, Dream Fantasy International, Beginnings, Hawaii Island Journal, In Our Own Words, Theater of the Mind, Animals in Poetry, From the Web, HeartLodge, Out of Line, Sendero, Buckle&, Iodine, Asphodel, Tiger’s Eye, Nomad’s Choir, Cyclamens & Swords, The New Verse News, and Avocet.
She received a prize in the 1999/2000 Common Ground spiritual poetry contest, judged by Jane Hirshfield, and is a Pushcart Prize nominee. She won the Tiger’s Eye contest on the writing life and has participated a number of times in Braided Lives, a collaboration of artists and poets, as well as in SKEA’s Art and Nature event, Ekphrasis: Sacred Stories of the Southwest, and (A) Muses Poster Retrospective for the 2014 Taos Fall Arts Festival. She was judge for the 2008 Tiger’s Eye poetry contest.
A chapbook of Native American/Hawaiian poems, Cornsilk, was published by Indian Heritage Council in 2004, and her illustrated poetry book, The Nature of Music, was published by Pelican Pond in 2005. An expanded, illustrated Cornsilk was published in 2006, Her Soup Made the Moon Weep, in 2007, Blessings from an Unseen World in 2013, and Dreaming Earth's Body in 2015.
Currently, Carol resides in a rural area of Hawaiiworking her land, meditating in nature and writing.
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