H. Byron Ballard, BA, MFA, is a western NC native, teacher, folklorist and writer. She has served as a featured speaker and teacher at Sacred Space Conference, Pagan Spirit Gathering, Southeast Wise Women’s Herbal Conference, Glastonbury Goddess Conference, Heartland, Sirius Rising, Starwood, Scottish Pagan Federation Conference, Hexfest and other gatherings. She is senior priestess and co-founder of Mother Grove Goddess Temple and the Coalition of Earth Religions/CERES, both in Asheville, NC.
Her essays are featured in several anthologies and she writes a regular column for Sagewoman Magazine. Her book “Staubs and Ditchwater” debuted in 2012 and the companion volume “Asfidity and Mad-Stones” was published in Oct. 2015. “Embracing Willendorf: A Witch’s Way of Loving Your Body to Health and Fitness” launched in May, 2017. “Earth Works: Ceremonies in Tower Time” debuted in June 2018. Byron’s book “Roots, Branches, and Spirits: the Folkways and Witchery of Appalachia” will be released by Llewellyn in Winter 2020, “The Ragged Wound: Tending the Soul of Appalachia” for Smith Bridge Press and a book on permaculture for Pagans for Red Wheel/Weiser. www.myvillagewitch.com