Carolyn Mary Kleefeld
Born in Catford, England, Carolyn grew up in southern California, where she majored in art and psychology at UCLA. In 1980, she moved to her cliff-side home high above the Pacific Ocean in Big Sur, California, where she studies, writes, and paints amidst the surrounding wilderness.
A passion for creative expression and a lifelong fascination with spiritual transformation has propelled Carolyn as an award-winning poet, writer, and artist. Her books have been used as inspirational texts in universities and healing centers, and, are being featured, along with the writings of seven other acclaimed women writers, in a permanent course, “The Other Half of the Sky: Eight Women Writers,” taught by Professor Peter Thabit Jones at Swansea University in Wales. Carolyn’s poetry has been translated into Romanian, Korean, Bulgarian, and Arabic, and published in literary journals in those countries.
Carolyn’s first book, Climates of the Mind (The Horse and Bird Press, 1979), was translated into Braille by the Library of Congress. The Alchemy of Possibility: Reinventing Your Personal Mythology (Merrill-West Publishing, 1998), with an introduction by Laura Archera Huxley, combines Carolyn’s prose, poetry, and visual art. An interview with Carolyn is included in the anthology, Mavericks of the Mind: Conversations for the New Millennium (Second edition, MAPS, 2010) as are interviews with Alan Ginsburg, Dr. Timothy Leary, and other cutting-edge thinkers of our time.
A chapter in Carolyn’s ninth book, Soul Seeds: Revelations and Drawings (Cross-Cultural Communications, 2008) and a poem in her tenth book, Vagabond Dawns (Cross- Cultural Communications, 2009) were nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Vagabond Dawns includes a CD of Carolyn reading selected poems, accompanied by live music.
Carolyn’s award-winning art appears internationally in galleries, museums, private collections, and multimedia presentations, and was featured in a twenty-five year retrospective at The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California in 2008. The university published an exhibition catalog, Carolyn Mary Kleefeld: Visions from Big Sur, (Pepperdine University Press, 2008) which includes art from the exhibit and a commentary by museum curator and director, Michael Zakian, PhD. To learn more about Carolyn’s work, please visit www.carolynmarykleefeld.com
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