IPPY Award - Rockpeople: Beyond Chester Creek

The 2013 Eric Hoffer Award
for Short Prose & Independent Books
– ‘The Eric Hoffer Award for short prose and books was established at the start of the 21st century as a means of opening a door to writing of significant merit. It honors the memory of the great American philosopher Eric Hoffer by highlighting salient writing, as well as the independent spirit of small publishers.

Category: Art – First Runner-Up : “Rockpeople, Joel Carter, Canukshuk Artworks Publishing- Inuksuk is a stone marker built by humans, most notably Inuit and other Arctic peoples. Carter, who is director of a palliative care program in Minnesota, practices the art form as a spiritual path of discovery and healing. He is fully engaged with life and ever-curious about the journey. Beyond Chester Creek is the second book in the Rockpeople series. The wonder of his pictures and text is often the continuity and insight, rather than providing pat answers that are often not useful in the future. Opening this chapbook-sized collection to any page provides the restorative of beauty and occasional humor.


2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards– IPPY Award – The Independent Publisher Book Awards were conceived in 1996 as a broad-based, unaffiliated awards program open to all members of the independent publishing industry. The awards are intended to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent, university, and self-published titles produced each year, and reward those who exhibit the courage, innovation, and creativity to bring about change in the world of publishing.

Bronze : Rockpeople: Beyond Chester Creek : Category – Inpsiration/Spirituality

Winnipeg ‘Best – Seller’ - Rockpeople: Beyond Chester Creek

Artist - Sculpture:

People Choice Award 3rd – Edina Sculpture Exhitition 2012



The Mindful World

Book Review – Press Release : by Beth Probst


BEA New Title Showcase
The Combined Book Exhibition

Rock Solid Impassionation
Dr. Joel Carter : Impassionation Blog – by David Hoffman

Recent Speaking Event

Park Nicollet Health System Volunteer Recognition Event 2013
Keynote Talk: “The Healing Power of Storytelling”

What the Press is Saying

"On the Road with Jason Davis”

A Walk with the Rock Doc
by Chris Julin, Minnesota Public Radio

Sculpting spirituality - A Duluth doctor finds art and healing in the rocks of Chester Creek
By Linda Hanson, staff writer

Bush Medical Fellow studies healing, from inside and out (1 MB pdf)
Bush Foundation Magazine Article
article on page 31