Deena Metzger is a poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, storyteller and healer. Story is her Medicine.
The novels The Other Hand and Doors: A fiction for Jazz Horn, are both published by Red Hen Press. Earlier books of poetry are A Sabbath Among The Ruins, Looking for the Faces of God, The Axis Mundi Poems and Dark Milk.
Skin: Shadows/Silence A Love Letter in the From of a Novel and The Woman Who Slept With Men to Take the War Out of Them - a novel in the form of a play, (included in her first book on healing, Tree: Essays and Pieces, that features the celebrated Warrior Poster on its cover, testifying to a woman’s triumph over breast cancer) are two examples of her many formal and spiritual explorations imagining a literature responsive to the complexities and necessities of our time, especially the value of actively respecting the numerous voices that constitute an ecology of mind attuned to a sacred universe. Writing For Your Life: A Guide and Companion to the Inner Worlds is a text that articulates these possibilities for fellow writers and as do her plays Not As Sleepwalkers and Dreams Against the State. She co-edited an anthology, Intimate Nature: The Bond Between Women and Animals, one of the first testimonies to the reality and nature of animal intelligence. Entering the Ghost River: Meditations on the Theory and Practice of Healing; and From Grief into Vision: A Council examine the tragic failure of contemporary culture and provide guidance for personal, political, environmental and spiritual healing. A radical thinker on behalf of the natural world and planetary survival, a teacher of writing and healing practices for 40 years, a writer and activist profoundly concerned with peacemaking, restoration and sanctuary for a beleagured world, she, with her husband, writer, Michael Ortiz Hill, introduced Daré to North America ten years ago. Daré is a unique form of individual and community healing based on indigenous and contemporary medicine and wisdom traditions.