Prize-Winning Author Uses Rock Sculpture as Inspirational Healing

Joel Carter won the 2013 IPPY Bronze Medal for his book, “Rockpeople: Beyond Chester Creek” and First Runner-up for Hoffer Award

With an understanding of both people and art, Joel Carter uses storytelling and the beauty of life to aid people through pain and symptom management during the advanced stages of illness. His latest book, “Rockpeople: Beyond Chester Creek,” recently received the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Award – Bronze Medal for the category of Inspiration/Spirituality. It was also chosen as First Runner-Up for the prestigious Eric Hoffer Award for Short Prose and Independent Books in the Art category. He is an extremely popular speaker, changing minds and hearts for years.

“It is a great honor to have my book acknowledged through the Hoffer Award and the IPPY. My sculpture is part of my healing journey and it allows me to share that healing with others. Through my book, I am able to share this message with many more people.” – Joel Carter, MD

In many cultures around the world, rocks are seen as archetypes of the undying human spirit. The tradition of rock sculpture has been an important part of indigenous cultures the world over. Joel Carter uses his sculpture as part of his clinical work with patients who are nearing the end of life due to serious illness. His work has therapeutic as well as artistic merit that has been recognized around the world.

“I was at the St. Louis County Health and Human Services conference, waiting for the keynote speech… years later and I have not stopped thinking about your presentation – it was amazing, incredible, and inspirational. I cannot begin to adequately describe to you all the ways hearing you speak has influenced my life…Thank you for inspiring me.” – Mikki Anderson

Joel Carter, born in Winnipeg, Canada is a freelance writer, author, rock balance artist, storyteller and physician. He specializes in pain and palliative medicine with integrative perspectives of art and creativity as it pertains to healing, well-being and end-of-life care. His clinical interests include complex pain management strategies in advanced illness as well as the use of storytelling and narrative as they pertain to the psychosocial aspects of dying. His short stories have been published in the Los Angeles Times, Reader’s Digest, and the Annals of Emergency Medicine. His sold out book “Rockpeople – The Chester Creek Inuksuit Anthology” published in 2003 was a bona fide regional sensation.

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