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Ruth Thompson

Poet
Hilo, HI

Ruth Thompson is the author of three books of poetry: Crazing (2015),Woman With Crows (2013) and Here Along Cazenovia Creek (2011). Her newest book, Crazing,explores aging, loss, and the “delamination” of the earth whose body she shares. “We are blown here out of sight of ourselves,” Thompson writes, “staggering and dismayed.” Yet dissolution resolves in expansion, laughter, joy – “seeing, in this dire wind, what there is to worship.” "Woman With Crows is an antidote to fear," wrote Jendi Reiter in her review of the book. Woman With Crows explored a new mythology of the divine feminine, from encounters with “hungry ghosts” to the fool-crone, “dancing what she does not know to dance.” It was a finalist for the A Room of Her Own Foundation’s To the Lighthouse Prize. Thompson's first chapbook, Here Along Cazenovia Creek was the basis for “The Seasons,” a collaborative performance of poetry and dance with the great Japanese dancer Shizuno Nasu. Thompson grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and received a BA from Stanford and a PhD from Indiana University. In a previous life, she was a college dean in Los Angeles. She now lives in Hilo, Hawai’i with writer-anthropologist Don Mitchell. She teaches writing and meditation, creates poetry videos and blogs at http://www.ruththompson.net/.

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Poet
Honolulu, HI

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Fiction Writer
Honolulu, HI

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Fiction Writer, Poet
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