Long before writing was invented, poets used rhythm and patterned language to craft magical experience and transformation in cultures worldwide. The goal of Poetry Witch Magazine has been to celebrate this connection, enhancing the magic in the world and bringing poetry back to a central place in our culture.
Poetry Witch’s editorial staff did a beautiful job building on and growing my original vision for the magazine. We hope you will enjoy your visit.
About Poetry Witch Magazine
Poetry Witch is a vibrant, diverse online magazine that celebrates the living roots of poetry in magic and rhythm—and the magical craft of living with poetry in your soul. From features on beloved formal poets and poems to recipes and essays on magical living, from reviews of culture and poetry to enlightened formal poetry contests to interviews with those who are reshaping poetry with an ear to rhythm and pattern and living with an ear to meaning and joy, Poetry Witch aims to offer our listeners and readers a uniquely rich connection with the poetry of life and the life of poetry. Poetry Witch Magazine’s content is free to all.
Annie Finch – Founding Editor
Poetry Witch founder Annie Finch is a poet and writer, an editor and teacher, and a witch and performer who has published more than twenty books. Annie’s poems appear in such publications as Harvard Review, Kenyon Review, Paris Review, Partisan Review, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, and Yale Review, and in anthologies including the Norton Anthology of World Poetry and Penguin Anthology of Twentieth Century American Poetry. Her most recent book of poetry is Spells: New and Selected Poems (Wesleyan University Press). Annie is also the author of the popular poetry-writing guide A Poet’s Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry (University of Michigan Press, 2013). Anthologies she has edited include A Formal Feeling Comes:Poems in Form by Contemporary Women, An Exaltation of Forms:Contemporary Poets Celebrate the Diversity of Their Art (with Kathrine Varnes), Villanelles (with Marie-Elizabeth Mali), and Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters (with Alexandra Oliver).
Amanda Johnston – Editor
Amanda Johnston earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine. Her poetry and interviews have appeared in numerous online and print publications, among them, Kinfolks Quarterly, Muzzle, Pluck! and the anthologies, Small Batch, di-ver-city and The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South. The recipient of multiple Artist Enrichment grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Christina Sergeyevna Award from the Austin International Poetry Festival, she is a member of the Affrilachian Poets and a Cave Canem graduate fellow. Johnston is a Stonecoast MFA faculty member, a co-founder of Black Poets Speak Out, and founding executive director of Torch Literary Arts. She served as Editor of Poetry Witch Magazine from 2015-2016.
Katie Bickham – Associate Editor
Katie Bickham is an instructor of English Literature at Bossier Parish Community College and a procurer of oddly shaped shelter dogs. After earning her BA in English and MA in Liberal Arts from Louisiana State University in Shreveport, she received her MFA from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine. Recently, her work has been featured in Deep South Magazine and The Journal of Formal Poetry, and has been selected for the Editor’s Prize in the Missouri Review.
Joshua Davis – Associate Editor
Poetry Witch editor Josh Davis earned an MA in English from Pittsburgh State University, an MFA in Creative Writing-Poetry from Stonecoast MFA Program, and an MFA in Poetry from the University of Mississippi. He is a PhD student at Ohio University. His poems have been published widely.