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Starhawk (born Miriam Simos) (June 17, 1951) is an American writer, anarchist activist, and self-described witch. She is well known as a theorist of Paganism, and is one of the foremost popular voices of ecofeminism. She is a columnist for both Beliefnet.com and On Faith (the Newsweek/washingtonpost.com online forum on religion).
She is internationally known as a trainer in nonviolence and direct action, and as an activist within the peace movement, women's movement, environmental movement, and anti-globalization movement. She travels and teaches widely in North America, Europe and the Middle East, giving lectures and workshops.
She was influential in the decision by the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations to include earth-centered traditions in the UUA sources of faith. She led numerous workshops for, and was an active member of CUUPS; The Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans, Inc. (CUUPS) is an Interest Group of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) honoring goddess-based, earth-centered, tribal and pagan spiritual paths.
She is currently working with United for Peace and Justice, the RANT trainers' collective, Earth Activist Training, and other groups.
Starhawk is the author of several non-fiction best-selling works:
She also coauthored:
Starhawk's fiction includes:
Starhawk has contributed to the films Signs Out of Time: The Story of Archaeologist Marija Gimbutas, Goddess Remembered, The Burning Times, and Full Circle. She participated in the Reclaiming CDs Chants: Ritual Music, and recorded the guided meditation Way to the Well. On Utube: Starhawk speaks on spirituality and activism at UUA. She also wrote the call to action for the women's peace organization Code Pink.
Starhawk's father, Jack Simos, died when she was 5. Her mother, Bertha Claire Goldfarb Simos, was a professor of social work at UCLA. Both her parents were the children of Jewish immigrants from Russia. In 1973, while she was a film student at UCLA, Starhawk won the Samuel Goldwyn Award for her novel, A Weight of Gold, a story about Venice, California, where she then lived. Starhawk married Edwin Rahsman in 1977. She is currently married to David Miller.
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