Watercolor self-portrait of the writer, adapted from AI-Generated art

Rooted in belonging, seeking the holy wild…

Alison Leigh Lilly grew up a shy Irish Catholic hippie girl, exploring the woods and fields surrounding her childhood home with the same curiosity and enthusiasm she would later bring to her studies of mysticism and nature spirituality. Seeking the spiritual heritage of her Celtic ancestors, she discovered poetry and story, mud and blood mingled with the scent of peat fires and the slick feel of damp stone. Eventually, these interests landed her roundly in the square hole of Academia, where she graduated valedictorian of her class, humbly accepted her degree, and ran for it.

She now resides in the lovely, rain-drizzled cityscape of Seattle, where she lives with her husband, her black cat and pet frog. She devotes her time to cultivating a spiritual life founded on peace, poesis, and attentive engagement with the inner and outer landscapes of wildness, wilderness and nature. She explores these themes through writing and visual art, and her work has appeared in a number of publications both in print and online. You can find an archive of her available work here.

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