H. Byron Ballard, BA, MFA, is a ritualist, teacher, speaker and writer. She has served as a featured speaker and teacher at Sacred Space Conference, Pagan Unity Festival, Pagan Spirit Gathering, Southeast Wise Women’s Herbal Conference, Glastonbury Goddess Conference and other gatherings.
She serves as elder priestess at Mother Grove Goddess Temple, a church devoted to the many faces of the Divine Feminine, where she teaches religious education, as well as leads rituals.
Her writings have appeared in print and electronic media. Her essays are featured in several anthologies, including “Birthed from Scorched Hearts” (Fulcrum Press), “Christmas Presence” (Catawba Press), “Women’s Voices in Magic” (Megalithica Books), “Into the Great Below” and “Skalded Apples” (both from Asphodel Press). She blogs as Asheville’s Village Witch (myvillagewitch.wordpress.com) and as The Village Witch for Witches and Pagans Magazine (witchesandpagans.com/The-Village-Witch), where she is also a regular columnist. Her pamphlet “Back to the Garden: a Handbook for New Pagans” has been widely distributed and her first book, Staubs and Ditchwater: A Friendly and Useful Introduction to Hillfolks’ Hoodoo (Silver Rings Press), debuted in June 2012. Byron is currently at work on Gnarly Roots: Spell-Catching and the Origins of Appalachian Folk Magic, and Earth Works: Eight Ceremonies for a Changing Planet.