About Judith Laura
Judith Laura is author of the novels, Beyond All Desiring, recipient of multiple awards, and Three Part Invention; and the books, Goddess Matters, winner of finalist awards in two categories in the International Book Awards 2012, Goddess Spirituality for the 21st Century, winner of the USA Best Books Awards in the comparative religion category (2009), and She Lives! The Return of Our Great Mother.Her poems have appeared in many print and online journals including: Metropolitan, Pudding Magazine, Poetica, OALM, Broomstick, Facets Magazine, The Pedestal Magazine, The Mid-America Poetry Review, Moondance, Soul Fountain, Poemeleon , Poet's Corner - Fieralingue, and the anthologies Prayers to Protest (Pudding House 1998), A Pagan's Muse (Kensington/Citadel 2003), and Not What I Expected (Paycock 2007). This site has examples of her poems previously published in print and links to her poems published elsewhere online. Among the publications in which her short fiction has appeared are: Poetica, So Dark So Deep, Gemini Books' Jetstream line, HLFQ, and the anthology Hot & Bothered 3 (Arsenal Pulp Press 2001). Her related memberships have included The Writer's Center (DC-area), and the Academy of American Poets, and . She is listed in the directory of Poets & Writers. Her first rituals were published in the journal WomanSpirit in 1978. Other of her rituals and articles, have appeared in The Beltane Papers, Matrifocus, SageWoman, Voices of Women, and the anthology SageWoman Cauldron (1993). She had a regular column in The Beltane Papers from 2002 until it stopped publishing as a magazine in 2007. She is a contributor to the "Dancing the Goddess Home" Ritual of the Goddess 2000 Project, A Winter Solstice Singing Ritual (Emerald Earth 2002), and the anthology Talking to Goddess (Lilith Institute 2009). For a more extensive list of material from her Goddess books pre- or re-printed elsewhere, click here. She is Jewish by birth and Unitarian Universalist and Goddessian by choice. She feels her strongest Goddess heritage is that of the Ancient Near East including Asherah, Hokmah/Sophia/Wisdom, and Isis. Ordained by the Universal Life Church, she dedicates her ordained activities to Goddess spirituality. She is a member of the the Association for the Study of Women and Mythology, the Fellowship of Isis, the Society for the Psychology of Women (APA Div. 35), the Institute for Thealogy and Deosophy, and has served the editorial board of the latter's journal. She is founder and listowner of the Asherah Yahoogroup.
Tarot is part of her spiritual life. She is a reader, teacher, and served on the advisory committee to the American Board for Tarot Certification. She is a member of the Daughters of Divination, headquartered in San Francisco.
Her graphics (including a color-keyed graphic for the Kabbalah re-envisioning in Goddess Spirituality for the 21st Century) and art, including depictions of Asherah, Mary Magdalene, and a three prints inspired by the Nag Hammadi text, "The Thunder, Perfect Mind," are now available at cafepress.com/judith_laura and at zazzle.com/JudithLaura. She designs this website.
She was born in Brooklyn, NY, and grew up near Trenton, NJ, where she graduated from Ewing High School. She received a B. S. in Journalism from Ohio University and has had a separate career as a health writer and editor under the name Judith Levine Willis. She was editor of a health magazine and three anthologies of women's health articles (Diane Publishing 1992, 1994, 1997). Her health articles are published in a number of other anthologies and print magazines, and are ubiquitous on internet health websites. She currently lives in the Washington, DC, area.
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