Carol Alena Aronoff

b. 1942

Current City, State, Country

Captain Cook, Hawaii, USA

Birth City, State, Country

Bronx, New York, USA


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 for seven years; taught Eastern spirituality and healing practices, imagery, meditation, and women’s health at San Francisco State University for nearly fourteen years. 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, Tale Spinners, Poet’s Lane, The New Verse News, Expressing Bridges, Quill & Parchment, Nature, Lilipoh, Avocet., Bosque, Zingara, Pyrokinection, Jellyfish Whispers, The Ghazal Page, Origami, Sourland Review, Vox Poetica and The Wild Word. Her poems have also appeared in numerous anthologies: Out of Line, 200 New Mexico Poems, Women Write Resistance, Before There is Nowhere to Stand, Malala Poems for Malala Yousafzai, The Four Seasons, Poetry of the American Southwest, Secrets/Dreams, Tranquility, Dove Tales: Empathy in Art: Embracing the Other, Without Words, et al.

She received a prize in the 1999/2000 Common Ground spiritual poetry contest, judged by Jane Hirshfield, and was twice 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. 

She has published two chapbooks: Cornsilk and Tapestry of Secrets (which was a Finalist for the 2020 New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards) and six full-length collections of poetry: The Nature of Music, an expanded, illustrated Cornsilk, Her Soup Made the Moon Weep, Blessings from an Unseen World, Dreaming Earth’s Body (with artist Betsie Miller-Kusz ) and The Gift of Not Finding: Poems for Meditation. She also self published two small poetry collections during the pandemic: Going Nowhere in the Time of Corona and Time to Listen. Currently, Carol Aronoff resides in rural Hawaii–working her land, meditating in nature and writing. 

Published Works

The Gift of Not Finding: Poems for Meditation (Homestead Lighthouse Press, 2020)
Going Nowhere in the Time of Corona (, 2020)
A Time to Listen (, 2020)
Tapestry of Secrets (chapbook; Finishing Line Press, 2019)
Dreaming Earth’s Body, with artist Betsie Miller-Kusz (Pelican Pond, 2015)
Blessings from an Unseen World (Pelican Pond, 2013)
Her Soup Made the Moon Weep (Pelican Pond, 2007)
Cornsilk (chapbook; Pelican Pond, 2006)
The Nature of Music (Pelican Pond, 2006)
Cornsilk (cornsilk; Indian Heritage Council, 2003)

Links to Sample Works


Queens College, B.S.
University of Rochester, Ph.D.

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