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Meter, Magic, Craft, and Rhythm
Poetry Witch Community brings together women-identified & gender-nonconforming 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
Poets, Witches & other Magical Beings who identify as women or gender-noncomforming 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!
While Poetry Witch Community is open only to women and gender nonconforming people, visitors of all genders are warmly welcome to explore Annie's books, videos, and podcast and subscribe to Annie's Spellsletter; to shop at Poetry Witch Marketplace, Poetry Witch Bookshop, and Poetry Witch Press; and to watch our performances through Poetry Witch Ritual Theater.
WELCOME TO POETRY WITCH!
Poetry Witch is a free, private international online community for women and gender nonconforming people who love magic and/or poetry. Our beautiful members have access to sweet free resources including the Five Directions Covens discussion areas; listing your books in our amazing bookshop; posting your poems in our Anthology; and the Clootie Tree ritual gathering space. Community members receive priority registration access to Annie's beginning and advanced classes in poetry, form, and meter and workshops and retreats in her original, holistic system of personal transformation, Matrics Journaling, as well as ritual circles marking the Wheel of the Year and each New Moon with writing and magic. Finally, for actively publishing poets, the Poets' Coven offers a special private gathering space for networking, learning, sharing, and shoptalk about the poetic life and craft with Annie and other poets.
To join, just click "Request to Join" above.
You will automatically be added to our Five Directions Covens. Be sure to check out Topics on the menu 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!
ABOUT ANNIE FINCH
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 six 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 in NY, the American Embassy in Prague, Jaipur Literary Festival in India, and the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC.
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, and lectured on meter and poetry at universities including University of Toronto, Notre Dame, U.C. Berkeley, Harvard, and Oxford, . Passionately committed to building empowering communities, she launched WOM-PO: Discussion of Women’s Poetry listserv in 1997, taught for a decade on the graduate faculty of Miami University of Ohio, 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 teacher into her trademark system, the Matrics Journaling Spiral, a self-awareness practice that is equally useful to writers and seekers of self-transformation. Matrics Journaling uses rhythmical journaling based on Annie's innovative system of the healing spiral of words to connect us with hidden aspects of our wills, minds, bodies, hearts, and spirits. This method of self-exploration has proven to be a useful tool for women in transition, yoga practitioners, visual artists, spiritual seekers, and many others as well as, of course, poets and writers.
In Poetry Witch Community, Annie offers workshops on prosody, poetic form, scansion, and poetry publication, as well as classes in Matrics Journaling and other holistic approaches to life, poetry, and magic, and writing and ritual gatherings to mark the New Moons and the Wheel of the Year.
We look forward to meeting all who identify as women in Poetry Witch Community through our warm, supportive, and fascinating Five Directions Covens discussion areas; social media features where you can connect, follow, and learn about other magical members of the community; workshops and classes; and collaborative Ritual Theater performances.
Welcome to Poetry Witch!