WELCOME TO POETRY WITCHERY
Poetry Witchery circles, developed by award-winning poet and teacher Dr. Annie Finch, gather small groups of women for rhythmically exploratory writing and powerful self-transformation based in the ancient crafts of poetic meter. Annie’s Meter Magic Spiral brings together her lifetime journey in poetry and ritual with her Ph.D scholarship in meter, tuning our awareness and energies to the frequencies of will, mind, body, heart, and spirit.
Poetry Witchery offers poets, witches, and everyone in between a beautiful, simple, and enjoyable path towards reuniting with hidden parts of ourselves, bringing the conscious and unconscious mind into clear communication. No matter your background, you will leave your first Poetry Witchery Workshop with pages of revelatory writing, personalized talismans, the warm power of a supportive circle, and potent techniques to move your life forward with self-awareness and growth.
Writing in a supportive ritual space, each session of a Poetry Witchery circle guides you through the language-shapes associated with one aspect of the self and its associated energy and element. Like a yoga practice for our words, Poetry Witchery may be used as a strengthening technique; to gain self-knowledge; to achieve balance; for healing; or as a devotional practice.
Poets, writers, witches, yogis, artists, meditators, seekers, and all pilgrims of the spirit will find in this unique teaching a wisdom both new and familiar.
I’d love to see you in a Poetry Witchery circle! If it calls to you, please look over the information on the rest of this page, and feel free to reach out if you have any questions at all.
Dr. Annie Finch is an award-winning poet and writer, author or editor of eighteen books including Spells: New and Selected Poems, The Poetry Witch Little Book of Spells, Calendars, and Among the Goddesses. Her poetry has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, The Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century American Poetry, and onstage at Carnegie Hall. She has published a dozen books on rhythm, meter, prosody, and poetic form including The Ghost of Meter, The Body of Poetry, Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters, and A Poet’s Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry and has been awarded the Robert Fitzgerald Award for her lifetime contribution to the art and craft of Versification. Annie has performed her poetry on five continents. She earned a B.A. from Yale and Ph.D. from Stanford, has taught at numerous universities, and served for a decade as Director of the Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing. Based in New York City and Maine, she directs PoetryWitchCommunity.org and travels to offer workshops and retreats on poetry, meter, and feminist spirituality.
WHAT PARTICIPANTS ARE SAYING:
“The workshop was enriching and truly magical! I have continued to work on what I acquired that day and note its continuous effects on my creative life as well as my mindset.”
“I feel transformed in a way that has already helped me work through a much-needed transformation and healing to some difficult personal subject matter.”
“Annie is the teacher that many of us yearn for, and some are lucky enough to work with. There is such a need for her earth and heart-based teachings.”
“Annie Finch speaks with sincerity and integrity, allowing students to examine the inner workings of their psyche in a supportive and kind environment. Annie is the teacher that many women yearn for, and some are lucky enough to work with. There is such a need for her earth and heart based teachings.”
“The class was an absolute revelation.”
“Your workshop and exercises and your instruction were magical, and I felt/feel really transformed. . . To reclaim my connection to myself – is a huge gift.”