It's rare to find Rissa without tea. No matter where she is or what she's doing, a mug of green tea is her constant companion. Tea is one part of her love of plants.
She holds a deep reverence for plants and the answers they offer, whether as tasseographs in a teacup, smoke in the air, a healing salve for the skin, a plant on the windowsill, or nourishment for the body.
In addition to adoring tea and herbs, her love of plants is made complete by the fact she is a vegan of 27 years. She's also a published author and poetess, and has had several plays produced in the mid-Atlantic area.
Find her leading ghost tours or giving history talks at her job with Maryland History Tours, or learn about her work as a food editor at Vegan Journal. In her career, she’s worked for five publications and studied writing at New York University/
Tisch School of the Arts and photojournalism at Western Kentucky University. Rissa currently studies clinical herbalism (online) at Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine and Herbal Academy, concurrently.
If you don't find her foraging, wandering a garden, or hiking, Rissa often takes spontaneous road trips, and loves cooking and baking. Her sun sign is Pisces; moon sign is Capricorn; rising sign is Scorpio; and Rissa was born in the year of the Wood Rabbit.
Photos by Kirsten Weaver
Have you seen the latest?
December 2022, Rissa joins Jeff Krisman on ONEConsciousness podcast for a talk about healing, intuition, overcoming loss and more. Listen here.
December 2022, Rissa returns to The Dark Mark Show for a spooky Christmas, complete with a visit from Santa. Listen here or watch on YouTube.
December 2022, Rissa joins Debra, Jeremy, and Scott from Global Strangeness to discuss winter cryptids. Watch on YouTube.
December 2022, Rissa featured on the Krampusnacht night with Paranormal is the New Normal podcast. Listen here or watch on YouTube.
December 2022, Rissa interviewed by Julia Marie, host on Evolving Humans Podcast. Listen here.
November 2022, Rissa interviewed on The Dark Mark Podcast from Los Angeles. Listen here and watch video here.
October 2022, Rissa quoted in "Why is York so Fond of Halloween?" and "What Might be Lurking: A Field Guide to the Cryptids of Central PA," both by Angel Albring in York Daily Record/Gannett newspaper.
August 2022, Rissa featured on The Poisoner's Apothecary blog on Patheos,"Smoke Divination: The Art of Capnomancy" by Coby Michael
March 2022, Rissa featured on "Naijha Speaks" on UnChained TV making plant-based, vegan curry rolls with host Naijha Wright-Brown
February 2022, Rissa featured on "Macro Magic" on Roku RVN-TV making plant-based, vegan pizza with host Sheri-Lynn DeMaris
December 2021, Rissa featured on Ghoul Disclosure podcast, "Christmas Creepies"
July 2021, Rissa featured in Holistic Fashionista magazine (print and online) "Finding Clarity in the Bottom of the Teacup"
May 2021, "Foraging with Rissa Miller" (video spotlight)
by Animal Advocates of South Central PA/John Beck videographer
March 2021, Rissa featured on The Poisoner's Apothecary blog on Patheos "Tasseography by Rissa" by Coby Michael
September 2020, Rissa featured in Cunning Folk magazine (online) "Divine Intervention: Tasseomancy" by Maria Blyth
December 2019, Rissa interviewed on WYPR, Baltimore's NPR station about the History of Witchcraft in Maryland.
December 2019, Rissa's Creepy Little Christmas program with Maryland History Tours featured in Baltimore Sun
October 2019, Rissa featured on Howard County (MD) Library Systems Podcast, HiJinx and Horror episode
Want to feature Tea & Smoke on your blog, podcast, show, or in print? Please reach out! As a member of the media herself, Rissa loves working with writers, producers, and other creatives. Rissa is available for articles/blogs, podcasts, or video interviews. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can check out her one sheet here.