Alise Leslie

Who is Alise Leslie?

She, Naturally Alise, is a poet, author, blogger, spoken-word artist, and mental health advocate currently residing in Durham, NC. She writes at the blog, “In My Mental Mind: a black girl’s mental health journey” (, focusing on mental health issues, particularly for women and men of color, through essays, personal stories, poetry, and music. Alise also authored a poetry collection, “Jumbled,” in December 2014 and also presented a one woman show in September 2016 based on the book and her blog. She is currently developing a mental health advocacy organization to be unveiled in early 2017.  Her poetry has also been featured at ForHarriet.