The Agora features Pagan writers from a wide variety of traditions and backgrounds and is edited by David Dashifen Kees. In addition to regular Agora columns and occasional special features, you’ll also find general updates about the Patheos Pagan channel from our Managing Editor, Jason Mankey.
Current Agora Columns
Professor of Wortcunning and Instructor of Lore at Grey School of Wizardry, writer and professional Landscape Designer, Anne Duthers began with the seed of love for literature that sprouted and took root in medieval medicinal herb lore. While raising four children, this affinity grew into a career in publishing, branching to a degree in horticulture and another in journalism to blossom full-flower in a homestead vegetable garden complete with chickens, goats and honeybees where shoveling compost and howling at the moon are all part of the same dance. Now a grandmother, Anne teaches, draws, writes and gardens from her home among the redwoods with her life-partner of 15 years. You may visit her personal blog at www.AnneDuthers.com and take classes with Anne (plus magickal instructors of actual renown) at www.greyschool.com. Adventures in Wortcunning is published on the first and third Friday of a month. You can subscribed via RSS or e-mail.
Erick DuPree draws inspiration and spirit from the Goddess, Earth, and our divine immanence. His work is influenced by a tantric relationship with the Goddess as non-dual and all-generative-and-returning, like the Mother of the Buddhas, but also as immanent and present in the relative world around us, like Mother Nature. In addition to his writings at erickdupree.com, Erick has been published by ModernWitch, The Wild Hunt, Witches & Pagans, and Covenant of the Goddess. He has contributed to numerous anthologies on topics including surviving sexual trauma, race relations, and children’s faith development. He is author of Alone In Her Presence: Meditations on the Goddess and forthcoming books The Hero Within: Reframing Masculinity with the Goddess and the anthology Finding the Masculine in Goddess’ Spiral: Men in Ritual, Community and Service to the Goddess, both by Immanion Press. Alone in Her Presence is published occasionally on the Agora. You can subscribe via RSS or e-mail.
Lydia M N Crabtree writes on social justice issues, incest survival, physical and mental trauma as it relates to spiritual development, and Family Coven: the idea that a family unit is the first and primary coven anyone is part of. Her book Family Coven: Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft will be released through Immanion Press. She is also featured in the book Rooted in the Body, Seeking the Soul: Magic Practitioners Living with Disabilities, Addiction and Illness, edited by Tara ‘Masery’ Miller (Immanion Press, 2013). Check out more of Lydia’s work at her website and blog, Confessions of Being. Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft is published occasionally on the Agora. You can subscribe via RSS or e-mail.
As a born-again Christian minister Annika Mongan was sent out to convert Pagans. But through years of traveling and studying she became alienated from fundamentalism and found a new home in Witchcraft. Today she celebrates being born again and again, a lifelong cycle of transformation. Annika is the founder of an intentional Pagan community in California, an avid mushroom hunter and devotional musician. When she is not networking, doing interfaith work, or volunteering for too many events, Annika spends her time studying and writing about what causes religious transitions and how to support those in the process. Annika’s columns are published on the second and fourth Monday of the month. You can follow Born Again Witch via RSS or by e-mail.
Jen McConnel first began writing poetry as a child. Since then, her words have appeared in a variety of magazines and journals, including SageWoman, PanGaia, and The Storyteller (where she won the people’s choice 3rd place award for her poem, “Luna”). She is a poet, a novelist, and a goddess-centric witch with a love of all things magical. Her first nonfiction book, The Busy Girl’s Book of Simple Spells: Goddess Magic for Wealth, Health, Happiness, and Love, is forthcoming from Weiser Books in 2014. A Michigander by birth, she now lives and writes in the beautiful state of North Carolina. When she isn’t writing, she teaches college writing composition and yoga. Once upon a time, she was a middle school teacher, a librarian, and a bookseller, but those are stories for another time. You can find Jen online at her website,on Facebook, or on Google+. The Busy Witch is published on the second and fourth Tuesday of a month. You can subscribe via RSS or e-mail.
Melissa Hill combines ancient lore, modern science, and the best that druidry has to offer to explore the intersection of paganism and sustainability. She is a priestess in the ADF tradition, an artist, a farmer, and a mom. That and the chickens keep her pretty busy, but when she has the time she likes to watch superhero movies and climb trees. Dandelion Seeds is published on the first and third Wednesday of every month on the Agora. You can subscribe via RSS or e-mail.
In addition to her personal and group practice as a priestess of Apollo, Sunweaver works as interfaith clergy with a diversity of religious groups in the Middle Tennessee area. She is a founding member of the Rutherford County Women of Faith and has worked with the area interfaith center, Wisdom House, to help bring positive awareness to the non-Abrahamic religions. She is a fiber arts enthusiast as well as a mother and has a Master’s degree in biology. She also writes for the Wild Garden interfaith blog here at Patheos Pagan. Making Light is published occasionally on the Agora. You can subscribe via RSS or e-mail.
As a writer, witch and waking woman, Karen Clark doggedly pursues one intention: to return the sacred feminine and the Goddess back to their rightful place in our everyday lives. In her mid-twenties, a series of synchronistic events conspired to wake Karen up in the midst of a corporate, achievement-driven life and set her on a spiritual journey of reclaiming the lost pieces of her feminine soul and true self. As a witch with an MBA, Karen bridges everyday and magical realities, translating Goddess mysteries to our modern search for the beauty, goodness and power of our feminine nature and whole/holy humanity.
Karen’s Path of She writings focus on the transformative powers of the sacred feminine, drawing on twenty-five years of spiritual and feminist studies, gender-based consulting, and dreaming and healing with the Dark Goddess. She is the author of Tale of the Lost Daughter, a fictional spiritual adventure into the life-changing world of magic and the sacred feminine, and the upcoming book, The Four Arts of the Sacred Feminine. You can find out more about Karen’s work at her website and blog, pathofshe.com,by subscribing to her column by RSS or by e-mail, and by liking her page on Facebook. Path of She is published on the second and fourth Saturday of the month.
An artist, author, ritualist, and spiritual seeker, Shauna Aura Knight travels nationally offering intensive education in the transformative arts of ritual, community leadership, and personal growth. She is the author of several books, including Dreamwork for the Initiate’s Path, as well as a columnist on ritual techniques for CIRCLE Magazine. In addition to her own blog, Shauna blogs for Pagan Activist and PaganSquare, writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance novels featuring Pagan characters, and creates mythic artwork for everything from book covers to shrines and altars. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, or on her website, www.shaunaauraknight.
Taylor Ellwood is the author of Manifesting Wealth, Magical Identity, and twelve other books, as well as being the managing non-fiction editor of Immanion Press. He has a background in both Eastern and Western Magical practices, as well as being an experimenter with magic. When Taylor isn’t working on his latest magical project, he helps businesses grow as a business coach, as well as being an avid gamer and exerciser. For more information on Taylor, please visit Magical Experiments. Socially Responsible Magic is published on the first and third Wednesday of a month. You can subscribe via RSS or e-mail.
Conor Warrenis a 21 year old Hellenic Polytheist residing in North Texas. He is currently pursuing a BA in Religious Studies with a Minor in Theatre. He is a devotee of Athena, Hermes, and Aphrodite. He is also an active member in Denton Covenant of Uniterian Universalist Pagans and is a member of the Denton Unitarian Universalist Foundation. The Spear of Athena is published on the first and third Thursday of the month; you can subscribe to Conor’s posts via RSS or by e-mail.
Alyxander Folmer is a student of anthropology at ASU, where he focuses on analysing and building religious communities. He is a second generation Heathen and married to a Rabbi in training. Interest in Pagan interfaith relations led him to join the committee to form the Pagan Chapter of the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy, where he hopes to utilize his training in community building and cultural exchange. The majority of his work is located at www.heathenhof.com. Wyrd Words is published on the second and fourth Thursday of a month. You can subscribe via RSS or e-mail.
Tom Swiss describes his spiritual path as “Zen Pagan Taoist Atheist Discordian”, which usually baffles questioners enough to leave him alone. Over the past decade he has built a reputation as a lecturer on subjects spanning the gamut from acupressure to Zen and from self-defense to sexuality. He is an NCCAOM Diplomate in Asian Bodywork Therapy, a godan (fifth-degree black belt) in karate, a poet, a singer/songwriter, an amateur philosopher, and a professional computer geek. Tom has previously served as President of the Free Spirit Alliance. He is the author of Why Buddha Touched the Earth (Megalithica Books, 2013). Find out more about his wacky adventures at www.infamous.net or read the Zen Pagan published here on the second and fourth Friday of every month. You can subscript subscribe via RSS or e-mail.
Past Agora Contributors
- Sable Aradia (RSS)
- Jenya T. Beachy (RSS)
- Julian Betkowski (RSS)
- Teo Bishop (RSS)
- Carl Bonebright (RSS)
- Nimue Brown (RSS)
- T. Thorn Coyle (RSS)
- Gus diZerega (RSS)
- Star Foster (RSS)
- Phoenix and Gwion (RSS)
- Jasmine LunaMadre (RSS)
- Christine Kraemer (RSS)
- Jason Mankey (RSS)
- Patrick McCleary (RSS)
- Adrian Monogue (RSS)
- Kathy Nance (RSS)
- B.T. Newberg (RSS)
- Kiya Nicoll (RSS)
- Heather O’Brien (RSS)
- M. Horatius Piscinus (RSS)
- Elinor Predota (RSS)
- Cara Schulz (RSS)
- Eric Scott (RSS)
- Aliyah bat Stam (RSS)
- Amanda Thomas (RSS)
- Christopher Scott Thompson (RSS)
- Sarah Thompson (RSS)
- Asa West (RSS)
- Nicole Youngman (RSS)
- Guest Contributors (RSS)