Where poetry, birth & performance intersect

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Poet / Performer

I completed an MFA in Poetry from New York University in 2019. I have been working collaboratively with other writers using long form poetry as an exercise in accessing the subconscious through intersubjectivity. At present, my ongoing project explores identity, family constellations, love, war, and the potential and fallibility of language. My work has appeared in MannequinhausGulf Coast, Black Box Manifold, Leveler, No, Dear, NECK, DATABLEED, and 3:AM Magazine, among other places. 

In addition to an interest in performance ethnography, I am currently exploring movement as a medium for poetic expression and research.

Scholar / Teacher

I am pursuing an interdisciplinary PhD in Balkan Studies at the University of Ljubljana. My area of focus is auto and performance ethnography and analysis of birth practices in southern Serbia. In addition to doctoral studies, I also teach writing at the City University of New York.

I am developing a curriculum for an interdisciplinary workshop tentatively titled "Birth In Context: Language, Power, Psyche, Body" that focuses on the intersections between poetry, theory, performance, and birth. Using a dialogic, poetic and intuitive-based approach, the workshop will explore birth and reproduction within varied contexts: systems of power and oppression; the field of psychoanalysis; systems of language. From an ancient and mystical understanding of the body, and with direct engagement of poetic imagination, we tap into our innate capacity for associative and meditative registers of understanding.



As a doula and student at The Matronamy vision is to support life givers in moving towards a mindful, dignified and emotionally fulfilled birth. By following a holistic model of care, I will meet you where you are and help to guide you in connecting with the transformative birth process.

I’m passionate about sharing knowledge and experience in a collaborative exchange that emphasizes evidence, intuition and lived experience. Moving beyond comfort measures and birth plans, together we will tune into your evolving needs.

Inspired by a poetic relationship to experience, Reverie Birth Services seeks to provide balanced care that tends to the whole person, activating the body and the imagination. 


HypnoBirthing® is a childbirth technique and philosophy that focuses on fear release and deep relaxation. Beyond being an evidenced-based childbirth education class, HypnoBirthing® focuses on the relationship between mind and body, exploring how our thoughts shape our experiences, and consequently our births. Through breathing, visualization, and self-hypnosis, HypnoBirthing® supports you in birthing instinctively and without fear.

Classes are held on Zoom weekends at 11:00 AM EST/17:00 CET. The program meets once a week over the course of 5 weeks for 2.5 hours each class. 

To enroll in an upcoming HypnoBirthing® series, see my schedule of upcoming classes and submit an enrollment form.

Click here to learn more about HypnoBirthing® .    

Sonja Hristina Bjelić                                                   
Photos by Cole Highnam