Ruth Thompson

Hilo, HI 96720

Author's Bio

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

Publications and Prizes

(Saddle Road Press, 2015)
, Here Along Cazenovia Creek
(Saddle Road Press, 2011)
, Woman with Crows
(Word Press, 2012)
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
Prizes Won: 
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.

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
Me and My Daddy Listen to Bob Marley by Ann Pancake
Ordinary Light by Tracy K Smith
Home Ground by Barry Lopez
Late Rapturous by Frank X Gaspar
Landmarks by Rober Macfarlane

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Berkeley, CA
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Last updated: Sep 17, 2016