Ruth Thompson is the author of Woman With Crows (2013) and Here Along Cazenovia Creek (2011). 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.
Ruth's 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.
Since Woman With Crows’s celebration of the aging feminine body, her work has increasingly explored the experience of dissolution (see “The White Queen” and the mad Pythia of “Dementia.”) Some of this new work appears in Poetry Flash and Tupelo Quarterly.
Ruth 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, yoga, and writing workshops throughout the US, and blogs about poetry and happiness at http://www.ruththompson.net/.
Publications and Prizes
Woman with Crows (Word Press, 2012), Here Along Cazenovia Creek (Saddle Road Press, 2011)
Chautauqua Literary Journal, Earth's Daughters, Harpur Palate, Naugatuck River Review, New Millennium Writings, Sonora Review, Sow's Ear Poetry Review, The Comstock Review, The Potomac Review, Tupelo Quarterly
New Millennium Writings Poetry Award 23 (2007) for "Fat Time," shared with Vivian Shipley.
Harpur Palate Milton Kessler Memorial Prize for Poetry (2009) for "The Owl."
Woman with Crows was a finalist for the AROHO To The Lighthouse Prize in 2011.