In this week’s episode Deena Metzger speaks with Joanna about her newest novel, “A Rain of Night Birds”: a needed conversation about climate change and the survival of humankind; the dominator mindset; attuned to the Earth and the Universe;  seeing the world like an indigenous woman would; feeling what the Earth feels; Earth as a being; meeting the pain of earth and indigenous people; clearing the sight with tears of grief; receiving the wisdom ways of the wild; the revealers of beauty; being in the elements; writing with an open view.

Deena Metzger is a poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, storyteller and healer. Story is her Medicine. Her latest novels are “A Rain of Night Birds”, “Feral”, and “La Negra y Blanca” that won the 2012 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature. Other books include “Writing For Your Life: A Guide and Companion to the Inner Worlds” “Entering the Ghost River: Meditations on the Theory and Practice of Healing” and “From Grief Into Vision: A Council”. A radical thinker on behalf of the natural world and planetary survival, a teacher of writing and healing practices for almost 50 years, a writer and activist profoundly concerned with peacemaking, restoration and sanctuary for a beleaguered world, she is basing her work now on the ideas outlined in the posting, “19 Ways to the 5th World”. She also teaches a program, “A Training for the 5th World”. Deena convenes ReVisioning Medicine, collaboration in diagnosis and treatment between medical people and medicine people, physicians and healers to create a medicine which does no harm. She is also Senior Advisor to the NGO, Everyday Gandhis that supports grassroots and indigenous peacebuilding activities in Liberia and West Africa.


“I Can’t Sit Still”, original music by Evarusnik