Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Clarissa Pinkola Estes is an American poet, psychoanalyst and post-trauma specialist of Mexican mestiza and Magyar heritages. She is a certified psychoanalyst who has practiced clinically for 36 years and has written many books on the life of the soul, which have been published in 32 languages.
As post-trauma specialist, Estes began her work in the 1960s at hospitals caring for severely injured children, ‘shell-shocked’ war veterans, and their families. Estés served as Governor’s appointee to the Colorado State Grievance Board (1993-2006). She has written many books, including ‘Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype’ (1992) and ‘The Faithful Gardener: A Wise Tale About that Which Can Never Die’ (1996).
Estes serves on many boards, including the Authors Guild, The National Writers Union, and The Coalition Against Censorship. She is also an advisor to El Museo de las Americas, Colorado, a contributing editor to ‘The Bloomsbury Review’, and a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. For her work, she has received numerous awards including the first Joseph Campbell Keeper of the Lore Award and the Gradiva Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. Estes is a 2006 inductee to the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame.