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Ruth Thompson grew up in California and received a BA from Stanford and a PhD from Indiana University. She was an English professor, librarian, college dean, and yoga teacher in Los Angeles, and now lives in Hilo, Hawai’i where she teaches writing, meditation, and yoga. Woman with Crows (2012; 2nd ed. 2013) was a finalist for the A Room of Her Own Foundation’s To The Lighthouse Prize. Here Along Cazenovia Creek (2011) was one of The Scrapper Poet’s best chapbooks of the year. In 2012 her poems were the basis of a collaborative performance of poetry, dance, and drumming with the great Japanese dancer Shizuno Nasu.