Pre-Con Interview Series: Lisa Spiral Besnett
For our Pre-Con interview series, Pagan Newswire Collective Bay Area caught up with Pagan author and priestess Lisa Spiral Besnett. Lisa Spiral Besnett has been a practicing Pagan within the community for some time and has just released her new book Manifest Divinity with Immanion/Megalithic Press.
As a High Priestess, member of the Covenant of the Goddess and living in the Mid West, Lisa Spiral Besnett has been an active part of the Pagan community and is returning to Pantheacon this year.
You are returning to Pantheacon, all the way from Minnesota, for the second year in a row. What has drawn you to this event for the second time?
I really appreciate the diversity at Pantheacon. In the great white north we are just beginning to see participation in the larger pagan community from practitioners of the diaspora religions. We have not done the outreach to our Buddhist, Santeria, and Native American communities. I have hopes that will change, but it’s nice to see it happening here.
Since last year’s Con, your book Manifest Divinity, was released. Tell us a little about the book.
Manifest Divinity talks about the Divine in very broad terms. It is a book that encourages the reader to see the Divine presence in their lives in a variety of forms, many of which may be unexpected. I provide a vocabulary to talk about those experiences that isn’t dependent on religious structure. I give examples from my own life of what different manifestations of the Divine might look like.
What workshops are you excited to attend this year?
Honestly I haven’t looked at the schedule yet. I am very interested in what you and your Shades of Faith women will be doing. I’m always interested in the religious practices that are new to me so I’ll pay special attention to those as well.
If you could do five things this year at the Con, what would they be and why?
I am really looking forward to sitting on the Immanion Press panel. I haven’t met all of those people yet in person and I have a great deal of respect for everyone who’s said they will appear.
I am always happy to touch base with my California friends. Travel is so expensive and I don’t get to see any of them as often as I’d like.
I’d like to hear more about COG’s vision for the future and I’m looking forward to doing a book signing meet and greet in their space.
I would like to dance at con this year. I just wasn’t in good enough health last year and I’ve got my fingers crossed that I might be up for at least one late night.
If I could do anything at Pantheacon, or at any event I attend, my always hope is to make new friends and learn new things.
Lisa Spiral Besnett will be on the Immanion Press authors panel for “A Publisher’s Embodiment of Co-operation, Tolerance, and Love”. This will be on Saturday at 1:30 in the Silicon Valley room at Pantheacon.
You can also find Lisa Spiral Besnett at her blog lisaspiral.wordpress.com. Her book, Manifest Divinity, can be found at Immanion Press or at online stores such as Amazon.
PNC Bay Area would like to give a special thank you to Lisa Spiral Besnett for taking out the time to be a part of our Pre-Con interview series. See ya at Pantheacon!
Crystal Blanton reporting, Pagan Newswire Collective Bay Area