Poetry Witch Community

"Witchcraft has not a pedigree, 'Tis early as our breath." Emily Dickinson

Welcome to Poetry Witch Community

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  Meter, Magic, Craft, and Rhythm

Poetry Witch Community brings together women-identified & gender-expansive poets, poetry lovers, and spiritual seekers from around the world to practice poetry, scansion, and magic, weave webs of connection and empowerment, and explore the rhythmic languages of poetry and life so we can learn to craft our lives and words in more joyfully powerful ways. . .

           —Annie Finch (she/they)
           Poet, Writer, Founder of Poetry Witch

Poetry Witch is . . .

  • A learning space where people who value poems, meter, rhythm, scansion, self-transformation, and/or magic intermingle with participants in Annie's workshops, classes & retreats
  • An accepting space for all who identify as women or gender-expansive
  • A passionate space where liberation, creativity, diversity, and truth are paramount and the First Law of Witchcraft is honored: “if it harms none, do as you will”
  • A vibrant space in the shape of a Sacred Circle, where our community offers richly balanced experience for Will, Mind, Body, Heart, and Spirit
  • A Kind, re-membering space where truthful, challenging conversations safely hark to the Second Law of Witchcraft: “always assume the other person is doing their best”
  • A magical space where the Powers and Crafts of ritual patterns are welcomed, where Grammar dis-covers our Glamour, where craft, skill, and attention root, and Webs of wise new Ways spin stronger 

Poets, Witches & other Magical Beings who identify as women or gender-expansive and Heed this call are warmly invited to weave your voice and vision into our cannily cunning, rhythmically inspired, wildly wise, & all-together delightful community!


Poetry Witch is a free, private community. It includes the Five Directions Gatherings, a beautiful free interwoven discussion area, along with the option to register for paid experiences including Poetry Witch Library, Muses Cafe, classes on Meeting Meters, How to Publish Your Poetry, and special events.  

To join, just click "Request to Join" above.

You will automatically be added to our Five Directions Gatherings and to the community resources in Clootie Tree Circle. Be sure to check out Topics on the left for more information!

Any visitor to this page, of any gender, is also welcome to check out the Poetry Witch Bookshop, where you can support our community by purchasing books by members and books recommended by Annie.

We are so glad you are here and we look forward to meeting you in the Five Directions!


Born near New York City on Halloween 1956, of Celtic and Norse lineage, Annie Finch grew up absorbing the traditions of earth-centered spirituality and poetic rhythm. As a Yale undergraduate, she studied scansion and meter with Penelope Laurans, then went on to earn an MA in creative writing-poetry (University of Houston), writing verse drama under the supervision of Ntozake Shange. In 1990 she earned a Ph.D from Stanford in English Language and Literature, the first doctoral student there with a Concentration on Meter and Versification. Her dissertation, which first set forth her ideas about meter and meaning, was published as The Ghost of Meter: Culture and Prosody in American Free Verse (University of Michigan Press, 1993).

Since then, Annie has published seven books of metrically diverse poetry including Eve (finalist for the National Poetry Series and the Yale Series of Younger Poets),  Calendars (finalist for the National Poetry Series, shortlisted for the Foreword Book of the Year Award), Among the Goddesses (awarded the Sarasvati Award for Poetry), Spells: New and Selected Poems, and The Poetry Witch Little Book of Spells.  Her poems have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Paris Review, and The Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century American Poetry.  Her musical collaborations, verse dramas, ritual poetry performances, and opera libretto have been produced at venues including Mayo Street Arts, Spoleto Arts Festival, 4th U Artivists, Carnegie Hall, and American Opera Projects; she has performed her poetry at Deepak Chopra’s Homespace and the Folger Shakespeare Library, and in 2010 she founded Poetry Witch Ritual Theater. 

Annie has taught meter and scansion to poets and poetry-lovers of a wide range of backgrounds, ages, and levels of education and poetic experience from kindergarten to post-graduate school, offered workshops at community centers, meditation centers, art schools, and women’s gatherings, taught at writing conferences including Wesleyan Writers Conference, Poetry by the Sea, and West Chester Poetry Conference, lectured on meter and poetry at universities including University of Toronto, Notre Dame, U.C. Berkeley, and Harvard, and taught on the graduate creative writing faculties at universities including New College of San Francisco, Miami University, and St. Francis College. Passionately committed to building empowering communities, she launched WOM-PO: Discussion of Women’s Poetry listserv in 1997, served as Director of the Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing from 2004 to 2013, and founded the Women, Poetry, and Spirituality retreats at Garrison Institute in 2015 with Rozanne Gold and Marianela Medrano.

Annie’s numerous books on meter and poetic form for poets, scholars, and poetry lovers include A Poet’s Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry, The Body of Poetry: Essays on Women, Form, and the Poetic Self, and edited or coedited anthologies including An Exaltation of Forms: Contemporary Poets on the Diversity of Their Art, A Formal Feeling Comes: Poems in Form by Contemporary Women, After New Formalism: Poets on Form and Narrative, Lofty Dogmas: Poets on Poetry, Multiformalisms: Postmodern Poetics of Form, Villanelles, and Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters. Her critical and poetic work has received the Robert Fitzgerald Award for lifetime contribution to the art and craft of Versification. 

Over the past decade, Annie has combined her experience as poet, scholar, teacher, feminist, and spiritual facilitator into her trademark system, Magic of Rhythmically Writing, a self-awareness practice that is equally useful to writers and those with no writing background. Magic of Rhythmically Writing uses journaling based on poetic meter to connect us with hidden parts of our minds, bodies, hearts, wills, and spirits. This system of self-discovery and self-transformation has proven to be a useful tool for women in transition, yoga practitioners, visual artists, and spiritual seekers.

In Poetry Witch Community, Annie offers workshops on prosody, poetic form, scansion, and poetry publication, as well as a monthly poetry magic circle and classes in Magic of Rhythmically Writing and other holistic approaches to life, poetry, and magic.  

We look forward to meeting all who identify as women in Poetry Witch Community through our warm, supportive, and fascinating Gatherings discussion areas; social media features where you can connect, follow, and learn about other magical beings in the community;  workshops and (coming soon!) downloadable classes taught by Annie and others; talks and interviews; and community social events.

Welcome to Poetry Witch!

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