Alice Carleton, Poet and Advocate: Words From a Wounded Healer

About Alice Carleton:

Born in poverty, fatherless, and abused, Alice joined the Women's Army Corps right out of high school and went from a little town in Maine to San Francisco at the height of the Vietnam war. Alice has written about a life of overcoming (and thriving) and earned a college scholarship at 60. Alice is currently a Sophomore studying Social Work at Oakland University at the age 68.

She has received impressive endorsements about her life story and poetry are humbling: Elie Wiesel, Wayne Dyer, Nikki Giovanni, and Alice Miller.

"My goal is to speak on National Television regarding verbal abuse; my purpose and passion is to make a difference by bringing about awareness of what verbal abuse is and what it does. The brain can physically change with verbal abuse (alone). I presented my work, Society's Hidden Pandemic, Verbal Abuse, Precursor to Physical Violence and a Form of Biochemical Assault at my State's Counseling Association (no degree, but a "lifetime" of experience and research)."

City, State, Country:

Rochester, MI, USA

Age: 68


Tell me about your family life:

I have 2 adult children and 5 grandchildren....wonderful relationship with all of them.

Do you have primary creative medium?

I was fortunate to be born with a love of dance, poetry, writing and singing.

Please describe your creative process:

I love dancing and ballet is my first love. I have written my memoir, Ghost Child to Triumph and a poetry book, Sanctuary of the Soul

Have you experienced barriers to your creative work? What are the biggest barriers to continuing your creative work?


How old were you when you realized that you're an "artist" or a "creative person"?

My earliest thoughts were that of the love of ballet an dancing.....perhaps 10 or 11.

If you could give a new mother advice about honoring her creativity while mothering, what would you tell her?:

Sanctuary of the Soul: Alice Carlton

Never stop doing what you love.

What work are you most proud of?:

My books and I am still performing ballet at the University where I work an am a student.

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