Published Works

On this page, you’ll find a list of my past publications, including chapbooks, essays, articles, poetry and various anthologies and publications to which I’ve contributed.

Much of my writing is available for free online on websites, blogs and ezines, as well as in ebook form for some of my longer works. I try to provide a link to the original publication source whenever I can. For those works that originally appeared only in print or are no longer available, I’ll be gradually sharing many of them here on this website. These will be noted as [archived] in the listing.

Books, Chapbooks, Anthologies | Essays and Articles | Poetry and Fiction


Books, Chapbooks, Anthologies

Godless Paganism
Godless Paganism: Voices of Non-Theistic Pagans

HumanisticPaganism.com (April 2016)
Edited by John Halstead, Foreword by Mark Green

Godless Paganism is the first ever anthology of writing by and about non-theistic Pagans. The goal of the anthology is to educate others in the Pagan community about both the diversity and the depth of non-theistic Pagan practice.

Non-theistic Pagans are Pagans who do not believe in the literal existence of personal gods. But beyond that definition, “non-theistic Pagan” may refer to a variety of theological orientations, including humanists, naturalists, Atheopagans, animists, pantheists, Gaians, and more. For some, gods play no role in their spiritually at all. For others, gods may be seen as mere metaphors or as numinous archetypes. Others are pantheists or animists. But what most non-theistic Pagans have in common is a love of Pagan ritual and myth and a deep sense of awe or reverence toward nature.

Available in paperback: Lulu | Amazon (coming soon…)
Available in ebook format: Lulu | Amazon (coming soon…)
Visit HumanisticPaganism.com for more details.


Mandragora

Scarlet Imprint (June 2012)
Edited by Ruby Sara

Mandragora – further explorations in esoteric poesis. A companion volume to Datura comprising nine extensive essays and the works of 48 poets. A chthonic and deeply rooted work. Pulled from the ground, its shrieks threatening madness, carved and anointed, given form and breath…so it is, the Word walks.

Dreams and revelations put to paper form the body of this second anthology of esoteric poesis. Datura, that silver deadly bloom, unfurled its petals to reveal the harmonics of inspiration born of moonlight, a narcotic song sung by a siren. Mandragora continues in this tradition, yet thrums also with its own chthonic music – the pulse of stars beneath the earth. The blood-body and the soul-mind meeting each other in the word, in things that grow and shift below – mycelia and nutritive rot, the green heart of a seed turning in the lightless deeps.

Yes, the poetry in Mandragora drives deep into the humus heart of experience – spellwork, praise, story, song. From the breathless brevity of haiku through the humming rhythm of the long meditation the thread of hidden history runs, telling in mosaic the story of the occultist, the witch, the worshipper, the scholar and the celebrant. Like Datura, this is a work of many voices from a rich diversity of practice, each burning the wick to illuminate a piece of the Great Work. Some voices will be familiar to those readers of the first anthology, some will be new, and all are testament to a continuing dedication to the sublime and challenging work of poetic and artistic craft in our communities.

Available in standard hardback and limited fine edition through the Scarlet Imprint website.

The Scribing Ibis Anthology
The Scribing Ibis: An Anthology of Pagan Fiction in Honor of Thoth

Bibliotheca Alexandrina (August 2011)
Edited by Rebecca Buchanan, Foreword by Inanna Gabriel

He was Creation’s First Storyteller. To soothe a wrathful Goddess, ibis-headed Thoth spun tales of honor and greed, love and treachery, Gods and princes and pirates. Entranced, charmed, Her rage cooled, the Goddess returned to heaven. Order was restored.

And so it is in His name that we dedicate this collection. Here, modern Pagans and polytheists continue that ancient tradition, weaving stories of creation and loss, death and rebirth, humor and courage, transformation and destruction. From the banks of the Nile to the icy north, from modern-day Kansas to far future alien worlds, these tales sing of the grace and glory of the Gods, and Their place in our lives.

Additionally, nonfiction essays explore the place of Thoth in ancient Egyptian theology and literature; the contemporary Pagan romance publishing scene; and the use of the Green Man and the Fool as archetypes in modern fiction. A select timeline lists important polytheist and Pagan works of fiction, from ancient times through the modern era.

Available in paperback: CreateSpace | Barnes & Noble | Amazon.com | Amazon UK
Available in ebook format: Smashwords (coming soon…)
Visit Bibliotheca Alexandrina for more details.


The Rosary Poems

2River Chapbook Series (February 2005)

Her yes becomes flesh
in flesh, white-winged fire swept
along sweat as if over the agitation
of waves, sharp spine of sunlight…

A simple collection of verse inspired by the twenty mysteries of the Catholic rosary, The Rosary Poems are immersed in the evolving tension of spiritual awakening and unfolding within the human animal. From the first touch of Spirit in sunlight’s intimate kiss upon the dark waters, through experiences of fruition, joy, betrayal, rage and grief, each poem leads the reader line by line, bead by bead, into a deeper contemplation of the flux and uncertainties of the spiritual life, and the grace that threads through it all.

This chapbook is available for free online and as a .pdf.
A limited number of signed print editions are still available. Please contact Alison for details.

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Essays and Articles

Shaman & Priest: How America’s Cultural Landscape Shapes Its Religious Institutions,” Patheos: Nature’s Path (May 13, 2016)

“Forever Maiden: Lessons of Blue Jay,” (column) SageWoman, Issue 89 (April 2016)

In Perfect Love and Perfect Jenga!,” Patheos: Nature’s Path (April 8, 2016)

“Anatomy of a God,” “Naming the Water: Human and Deity Identity from an Earth Center Perspective,” “Natural Theology: Polytheism Beyond the Pale,” and “Gods Like Mountains, Gods Like Mist,” Godless Paganism: Voices of Non-Theistic Pagans, HumanisticPaganism.com (April 2016)

Rediscovering Lent Through UU-Pagan Practice,” Patheos: Nature’s Path (March 14, 2016)

Turning the Soil of Soul: Ritual as Celebration,” Patheos: Nature’s Path (February 11, 2016)

“Bear Maiden: Companion in Winter,” Druid Magazine (Winter 2016) [.pdf]

The Mystery of the Many: In Silence and Song,” Patheos: Nature’s Path (January 8, 2016)

Light a Candle To Begin,” Patheos: Nature’s Path (December 11, 2015)

Why Did The Pagan Go To Church?,” Patheos: Nature’s Path (November 13, 2015)

7 Ways to Enjoy a Death-Free Samhain,” Patheos: Nature’s Path (October 28, 2015)

The Pulse of Autumn,” Patheos: Nature’s Path (October 9, 2015)

“Forever Maiden: Learning How To Move,” (column) SageWoman, Issue 88 (October 2015)

Tending to Your Joy: Pagan Lessons from Pixar’s Inside Out,” Patheos: Nature’s Path (August 6, 2015)

“Forever Maiden: Landscape In Ink, With Horse,” (column) SageWoman, Issue 87 (March 2015)

“On Becoming a Druid: Interview with Alison Leigh Lilly,” ACTON: Alternative Religions Educational Network Newsletter (March 2015)

“Forever Maiden: Midwife of Rebirth,” (column) SageWoman, Issue 86 (July 2014)

Wonder on the Wing: Lessons from the Owl Goddess on Climate Change,” (guest post) Patheos (July 23, 2014)

“If You Want To See Visions,” Aontacht Magazine, Volume 6, Issue 4 (March 21, 2014) [.pdf]

“Forever Maiden: Beauty’s Response to Her Mother,” (column) SageWoman, Issue 85 (January 2014)

“The Goddess, The Broom and the Barred Owl,” Aontacht Magazine, Volume 6, Issue 3 (December 21, 2013) [.pdf]

Steampunk Meditation for Self-Transformation,” (guest post) Druid Life (October 16, 2013)

“Ancient Warriors, Celtic Peace,” Aontacht Magazine, Volume 6, Issue 2 (September 21, 2013) [.pdf]

“Forever Maiden: Anima & Animus,” (column) SageWoman, Issue 84 (August 2013)

“Keystones of Culture: Wild Guides to Becoming Human,” Aontacht Magazine, Volume 6, Issue 1 (June 21, 2013) [.pdf]

Keystones of the Sacred Land,” The Witches’ Voice (March 24, 2013)

“Seeking the Sacred Keystones: Entering the Wild,” Aontacht Magazine, Volume 5, Issue 4 (March 22, 2013) [.pdf]

“Goddess in the Details,” SageWoman, Issue 83 (December 2012)

“Forever Maiden: Wild Dirt Worship in the Digital Age,” (column) SageWoman, Issue 83 (December 2012)

“Keystones of the Sacred Land,” Aontacht Magazine, Volume 5, Issue 3 (December 22, 2012) [.pdf]

Reading the Book of Nature,” The Witches’ Voice (December 16, 2012)

“The Tale of Mabon: A Bedtime Story,” Aontacht Magazine, Volume 5, Issue 2 (September 21, 2012) [.pdf]

“Go Play Outside!” Aontacht Magazine, Volume 5, Issue 1 (June 21, 2012) [.pdf]

Sustainable Pagan communities: An interview with Alison Leigh Lilly,” Humanistic Paganism (June 17, 2012)

Ode to the Weekend Dad,” The Good Men Project (June 10, 2012)

“Nature as Living Story: Lectio Divina in the Natural World,” Aontacht Magazine, Volume 4, Issue 4 (March 21, 2012) [.pdf]

Water on Water’s the Way,” The Druid’s Egg, Volume 10, No. 1 (December 30, 2011)

“Seven Wonders of the Natural World – In Your Own Backyard,” Aontacht Magazine, Volume 4, Issue 3 (December 21, 2011) [.pdf]

The Tao of #Occupy,” The Good Men Project (November 27, 2011)

#Occupy Is Art,” The Good Men Project (November 18, 2011)

Balancing Liberty and Law: Religious Nonprofits in America and Britain,” Patheos.com (April 14, 2011)

The Three Elements of Druidic Ritual,” The Witches’ Voice (October 31, 2010)

Being a Druid is Good for Society, Says UK Charity Commission,” The Wild Hunt (October 8, 2010)

Poetry as Spiritual Practice,” The Witches’ Voice (August 15, 2010)

Mana for Heaven: Bonewits’ Polytheology and American Capitalism,” Patheos.com (August 2, 2010)

Fascinada por Brigid” (a translation by Endovelicon of the essay “Bemused by Brigid” into Portuguese), O Bosque de Mil Árvores (May 21, 2010)

“Participating in Enchantment: A Reflection on Susan Greenwood’s The Anthropology of Magic” (book review), Sky Earth Sea: A Journal of Practical Spirituality (Spring 2010)

“The Peaceful Warrior: Pagan Pacifism Without Excuse,” Sky Earth Sea: A Journal of Practical Spirituality (Winter 2009) [archived]

“Peace of the Three Realms: A Daily Meditation,” Sky Earth Sea: A Journal of Practical Spirituality (Winter 2009)

On Grief and Connection: A Response to the Fort Hood Deaths,” Druid Journal (November 18, 2009)

“Deep Magic and Integrity in Everyday Life: A Review of T. Thorn Coyle’s Kissing the Limitless,” (book review), Sky Earth Sea: A Journal of Practical Spirituality (Fall 2009)

Pagan Values: Ecology, Environmentalism & Practical Pacifism,” Druid Journal (June 5, 2009)

“Relationship & Story: Exploring Ethics from a Pagan Perspective,” (book review), Sky Earth Sea: A Journal of Practical Spirituality (Spring 2009)

“Engaged Growing and Gathering: A Spectrum of Herbalist Texts” (book review), Bond of Druids: A Druid Journal (Fall 2008)

“The Beginning of a Journey: Hopman’s First Foray into Fiction” (book review), Bond of Druids: A Druid Journal (Summer 2008)

“Mystery and Madness: Donaldson’s Dragon Skies Give a Taste of Adventure” (book review), Bond of Druids: A Druid Journal (Summer 2008)

Teahouse Practice and Deep Peace,” The Witches’ Voice (December 2, 2007)

Swimming the Sunlight: A Meditation on Hillwalking,” The Witches’ Voice (August 12, 2007)

Magic, Prayer and Props: Symbols of Receptivity and Creativity,” The Witches’ Voice (July 29, 2007)

Grounding: Tree and Flame,” The Witches’ Voice (January 1, 2006)

To the Infinite Music: Thoughts on Reincarnation,” The Witches’ Voice (November 6, 2005)

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Poetry and Fiction

Equinox (After Blodeuwedd),” Eternal Haunted Summer (Spring Equinox 2016)

“Wild Pear” and “The Hunter,” Mandragora, Scarlet Imprint (June 2012)

“Yewberry,” The Scribing Ibis: An Anthology of Pagan Fiction in Honor of Thoth, Bibliotheca Alexandrina (August 2011)

What Makes a God,” Eternal Haunted Summer (Summer Solstice 2011)

A Mabon Bedtime Story,” Pagan Parenting Resource Blog (September 9, 2010)

“Ode to Finitude,” Sky Earth Sea: A Journal of Practical Spirituality (Fall 2009)

“Skylark” and “Stars, A Woman, Two Vases of Water,” Sky Earth Sea: A Journal of Practical Spirituality (Summer 2009)

“Yewberry: A Myth Retold,” Sky Earth Sea: A Journal of Practical Spirituality (Summer 2009)

“The Cold Walk,” Sky Earth Sea: A Journal of Practical Spirituality (Spring 2009)

“Always in Autumn,” Bond of Druids: A Druid Journal (Fall 2008)

“On Process,” “What You Will Come to Regret” and “The Hunter,” The Particular (Fall 2008)

“To Her Son, Unconceived,” “In Praise of Blood,” and “Liminal,” Bond of Druids: A Druid Journal (Summer 2008)

“Nobody Wakes Up Alone,” The Particular (Summer 2008)

“Yet Failed” and “Bad Pun on Fish,” The Particular (Summer 2008)

“The Naming of Prophecy” and “The Wild Pear,” Exterminating Angels Press (Number 18, November 2007)

“La Belle Dame en Seul” and “If Once You Have Slept,” Not Just Air (Number 6, March 2007)

“body politic,” 21 Stars Review (Number 4, February 2007) [archived]

“Imaginary House,” Not Just Air (Number 5, December 2006), nominated for “Best of the Net 2007”

“Hermit Thrush,” Stirring (Volume 8, Edition 10, October 2006)

“Leaving Eden,” Delos National Undergraduate Literary Magazine (January 2005)

“Lunar Union” [archive] and “Driven,” Ink Pot Magazine (October 2004)

“Muse Abused: Ars Poetica” [archived] and “Love Poem about June Bugs,” The God Particle (Summer 2004)

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