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Meter, Magic, Craft, and Rhythm
Poetry Witch Community brings together women poets and poetry lovers, feminists, and women-centered spiritual seekers and practitioners 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. . .
Poet, Writer, Founder of Poetry Witch
Poets, Witches & other Magical Beings who identify as women 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!
HOW POETRY WITCH MEMBERSHIP WORKS
Poetry Witch is a free, private community. It includes a large, rich, beautiful free discussion area (6 areas actually) along with the option to purchase paid classes and premium membership levels.
To join, click "Request to Join" above. Depending on accidents of timing, review and approval may be quick, or it may take a bit. Then, assuming you are approved to join, you will find yourself in a lovely but neutral lobby area where you will be able to browse and register for Annie's classes, and maybe see some upcoming events— but that's about it.
In order to find your magical, poetic new friends and join the community, you will need to finish joining. Here's how. 1. Click on the "Join the Community" link at the bottom of the Menu Bar at left. This takes you to our three membership levels.
(Also check out our beautiful Poetry Witch Members Bookshop where you can support our community by purchasing books by members and books recommended by Annie (click the image of books on top left when you enter).
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 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) and Spells: New and Selected Poems. 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 feminist community, 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, Annie offers workshops on traditional prosody, poetic form, scansion, and poetry publication; as well as classes in Magic of Rhythmically Writing and other holistic approaches to life, poetry, and magic.