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Elizabeth Barrette works in the Pagan and speculative fiction fields as a writer, editor, and scholar. She currently serves as the managing editor of PanGaia magazine and the dean of studies at the Grey School of Wizardry. In 2003, Barrette won the Poet Laureate Competition at Sol Magazine. In 2005, her poem "The Poltergeist of Polaris" earned a nomination for the Rhysling Award. She has written for The Beltane Papers, CIRCLE Magazine, Green Egg, SageWoman, and many of the Llewellyn annuals. Barrette lives in Charleston, Illinois, and enjoys giving presentations at events in the Midwest region.


"This is something that Pagans really, really need (as has become abundantly clear every time I look at my Inbox). The section on rhyming couplets and the appropriate uses thereof should be required reading for everyone who submits to new Witch." --Kenaz Filan
"Here's the practicing Pagan poet's perfect primer!" --Barbara Ardinger, Ph.D., author of Pagan Every Day
"Once upon a time bards healed the sick with song, chanted for rain, and toppled kings with finely-crafted verses. With Composing Magic, Elizabeth Barrette reclaims the power of words for a new generation. This is a smart, well-crafted book that teaches you how to write smart, well-crafted rituals and magical poetry. If you want to slay the dragons of doggerel and the chimeras of cliche, arm thyself with Composing Magic." --Kenaz Filan, managing editor of newWitch
"The essence of Pagan ritual is creativity. In Composing Magic, Elizabeth Barrette offers tested techniques for nourishing that creativity in the service of magical wordsmithing-in simple spells, ballads and poetry, and in the creation of large-group ritual. Composing Magic blends the craft of poetry and the Craft of magic in one dish." --Chas S. Clifton, author of Her Hidden Children: The Rise of Wicca and Paganism in America

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