Deena Metzger

Deena Metzger is an American poet, novelist, essayist, teacher, and medicine woman with a deep interest in the power of story as a means of moving toward healing and self-knowledge.

Can the World Mend in This Body?

The author writes that what she does on behalf of healing any individual or being must also be healing, even if not directly extended, for the world itself.


Free the Elephants Conference: Deena Metzger

Healer, shaman and author Deena Metzger gave the opening convocation to the conference and facilitated the circle council on the last day of the conference. Sponsored by Free the Oregon Zoo Elephants.

Tree: Essays and Pieces

Poet, playwright, novelist and essayist Deena Metzger has been an inspiration to thousands of women from the first publication of Tree, the 1978 journal in which she recorded her struggle with breast cancer. In this new volume, Tree is placed in the context of Metzger's major statements on healing.


Village as a field is a state of mind, a nexus of relationships, is constituted in the heart. It has many forms and many possibilities.

When the Heart Speaks: An Interview with Deena Metzger

Deena Metzger discusses a wide range of topics in this 1984 interview.

To Be a Woman: The Birth of the Conscious Feminine

Essays by psychologists, feminists, and scholars discuss the changing role of women, the development of conscious femininity, female-initiated divorce, the return to motherhood, and female-centered spirituality

Deena Metzger on Coronavirus as Next Manifestation of Environmental Crisis

By seeing this virus as another manifestation of the life-destroying consequences of the form of life we humans have been living, Deena Metzger's prophetic voice gives us a context to understand this latest pandemic and how it can teach humanity a vital message.

Writing for Your Life: A Guide and Companion to the Inner Worlds

In the tradition of Annie Dillard and Natalie Goldberg, this resource for writers and non-writers alike shows the act of writing to be a dynamic means of knowing, healing, and creating the body, mind, and spirit.

The Burden of Light

This 2019 collection of Deena Metzger's poetry includes her full color photographs of nature and the beauty of the Earth.

Extinction Illness: Grave Affliction and Possibility

Metzger captures the grief and pain we all experience living at a time of global extinction and offers the only solution – to stop extinction.


Jean Shinoda Bolen