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Reconnect & Reimagine: IWWG 2022
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Christine Irving

Hi my name is Christine Irving,  I'm a writer who's preference is poetry.  I wrote my first book -  a travel memoir in 1990 and published my first volume of poetry, Be A Teller of Tales, in 2000.  Since then I've written a novel, three children's books, an kind of Celtic almanac, an historical novel with Mary Magdalene as protagonist, six and a half volumes of poetry. a hybrid collection of collage, prose and poetry, and collaborated on a two-woman, three-act play which we produced, directed, and acted.

I'm also a Priestess in the Fellowship of Isis and an ordained priest in the Gnostic Church of Mary Magdalene. In both case the ordination took place over nine months and a day and involved an intensive program of sturdy and practice. For the priesthood I created my own liturgy - The Mass of the Hieros Gamos (Sacred Marriage), as a metaphor for the union of the male and female aspects of the Divine. I present the mass whenever requested, and held it continually for several years in my previous residence.

I am myself a devotee of the concept of a Divine Feminine. Being a poet has taught me a great deal about metaphor. Life has taught me about being female and all the wondrous things that entails, but also about the perilous nature of humanity and how susceptible we all are the inherent weaknesses therein. Politically I am a feminist and am utterly convinced that the personal is the political. Having said that - for me - common humanity and reason trump rhetoric and dogma every time.

Please ask me about any of this- I'm constantly honing  my poetic craftsmanship and love to talk process.  Most of my poetry is geared towards the feminine and covers many aspects of women's lives. Mostly, I like conversing about context and connection. Finally, I am hopelessly enamored of myth and symbol. Deciphering their meaning and applying those meanings in my life and work remains a constant passion and interest of mine and I really love to engage in those kinds of conversations.
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