Rachel Bagby

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Rachel Bagby is a US-based, award-winning performance artist, author, poet, composer, and vocalist.


Rachel Bagby, J.D. (Stanford Law School) is the originator of the poetic form she calls Dekaaz™; a form consisting of ten syllables in three-lines. The first line is 2 syllables, the second is 3 syllables and the last line is 5 syllables. The name comes from the Greek root of the word ten (deka) + the letters "a" and "z" to signify the range of human experience that can be expressed in "just ten/syllables/...three lines 2/3/5." To complete the process of creating a Dekaaz, you must speak it out loud to another living being.

Bagby is also the author of Divine Daughters: Liberating the Power and Passion of Women's Voices (Harper San Francisco, 1999).[1] Her publications include articles about sustainability[2][3] in Natural Home, The Wall Street Journal[4][5][6], Time, Ms. Magazine[7], Women of Power, and others, as well as poetry in literary journals. Her anthologized contributions can be found in Nature and the Human Spirit: Toward an Expanded Land Management Ethic, (Venture Publishing, State College, PA, 1995); Circles of Strength: Community Alternatives to Alienation, (New Society Publishing, Philadelphia, PA 1993); Reweaving the World: The Emergence of Ecofeminism, (Sierra Club Books, San Francisco, CA 1990); and Healing the Wounds (New Society Publishing, Santa Cruz, CA: 1989).

She has released two recordings of her compositions, Full and Reach Across the Lines. Full features her soundtrack for the Emmy Award-winning documentary, Dialogues with Madwomen.

Bagby has established Singing Farm, a solar-powered, 20-acre organic farm and musical learning center in Central Virginia.


  • Donella Meadows Sustainability Institute Fellow (2009–2010)[8]
  • Arts and Healing Network Artist of the Year Award (2008)[9]
  • Bioneers Award (2003)
  • Advisory Council for the River of Words program, co-founded by former US Poet Laureate Robert Haas


  • Bagby, Rachel (1999). Divine Daughters. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco. ISBN 0062514261.
  • Diamond, Irene (1990). Reweaving the World: The Emergence of Ecofeminism. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books. ISBN 0871566230.
  • Driver, Beverly (1996). Nature and the Human Spirit: Toward an Expanded Land Management Ethic. State College, PA: Venture Publishing. ISBN 0910251827.
  • Forsey, Helen (1993). Circles of Strength: Community Alternative to Alienation. Philadelphia: New Society Publishers. ISBN 086571259X.
  • Plant, Judith (1989). Healing the Wounds. Santa Cruz: New Society Publishing. ISBN 9781897408094.
  • Sigerman, Harriet (2007). The Columbia Documentary History of American Women Since 1941. New York Chichester: Columbia University Press. ISBN 9780231116992.



  1. ^ "Rachel Bagby, JD". Institute of Noetic Sciences. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  2. ^ Bagby, Rachel (1988). "Building the Green Movement" (Spring): 14.
  3. ^ Bagby, Rachel (June 20, 2000). "Twenty Acres and a Hen". Yes! Magazine.
  4. ^ Bagby, Rachel (July 27, 1979). "Trial Electric Plant Off Hawaii Will Tap Ocean Temperatures". Wall Street Journal.
  5. ^ Bagby, Rachel (September 10, 1979). "A Worker at Romac Asks Other Workers". Wall Street Journal.
  6. ^ Bagby, Rachel (November 13, 1979). "California Leads in Uses of Solar Energy; Major U.S. Output Is Seen Long Way Off". Wall Street Journal.
  7. ^ Bagby, Rachel (May 1993). "Answering Nature's Call: How to grow native—wherever you live". Ms. Magazine (3): 24.
  8. ^ "The Donella Meadows Fellowship Program". Retrieved 13 March 2013.
  9. ^ "Rachel Bagby: 2008 AHN Awardee". Retrieved 13 March 2013.

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