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Alise Leslie (Naturally Alise) is a poet, blogger, spokenword artist, avid vinyl collector, and mental health advocate currently residing in Durham, NC. She writes at the blog, “In My Mental Mind: a black girl’s journey through mental illness” (, focusing on mental health issues, particularly for women and men in the POC community, through personal stories, poetry, and music. She also authored a poetry collection, “Jumbled,” in December 2014.  She is currently developing a mental health advocacy organization, The Solace Project, to be unveiled in Spring 2015.  Her poetry has been featured at ForHarriet.