about ritual poetica

ritual poetica is run by Lisa Marie basile. It is a space that explores the intersection of writing and healing, sacredness and ritual. Some of the questions we ask are: How do we build writing into our ritual lives? Is writing sacred or divine? And how best can writing be used in a therapeutic process? How can writing help us move through grief, trauma, chronic illness, and crisis?

ritual poetica is part research project of passion, part conversation, part grimoire, and part literary journal. It’s an extension of many things — the Instagram account ritual_poetica, the book The Magical Writing Grimoire, and the inherent magic in literature, poetry, and word witchery. It is a sort of witchy sister to Luna Luna Magazine.

ritual poetica aims to provide a conversational, accessible platform for a diverse array of voices. There are Q&As, essays and rituals published weekly. There is no one way to use or celebrate the written word. Is your poetry practice influenced by the divine? Do you write a daily journal to manage PTSD? Do you write to reclaim your identity or narrative? Do you write your own spells? All ideas of welcome. We welcome ideas and requests for inclusion at [email protected].

Disclaimer: Writing is only one tool that we can use to work toward healing or relief from anxiety and grief. It is one way to find autonomy, truth, and sacredness. You should know that ritual poetica does not claim that writing can or should replace professional therapeutic practices or medications. Rather, if you need to, you should work with a healthcare provider to find ways to integrate writing into your self-care or self-growth practices safely. Writing can be triggering and challenging, so it’s important to be grounded and ready to confront the depths.

lisa marie basile

Lisa Marie Basile

is the founding creative director of Luna Luna Magazine, an online magazine & digital community-coven. She is the author of several books of poetry, as well as Light Magic for Dark Times, a modern collection of inspired rituals and daily practices and The Magical Writing Grimoire: Use the Word as Your Wand for Magic, Manifestation & Ritual. Her work focuses heavily on trauma recovery, writing as a healing tool, chronic illness, everyday magic, and poetry. She's written for or been featured in The New York Times, Refinery 29, Self, Chakrubs, Marie Claire, Narratively, Catapult, Sabat Magazine, Bust, HelloGiggles, Best American Experimental Writing, Best American Poetry, Grimoire Magazine, and more. She is a chronic illness advocate, keeping columns at several chronic illness patient websites. She earned a Masters's degree in Writing from The New School and studied literature and psychology as an undergraduate at Pace University. You can follow her at @lisamariebasile and @Ritual_Poetica.