Ruth Thompson


Ithaca, NY
New York US

Author's Bio

RUTH THOMPSON is an award-winning poet and channel. Quickwater Oracles is her first book of channeled work. She has published four books of poetry: Whale Fall & Black Sage, Crazing, Woman With Crows, and Here Along Cazenovia Creek. She began writing in her fifties, after freeing herself from an abusive marriage, about which she wrote in Woman With Crows. Her “fierce, gorgeous, sensual poems of earth-as-body and body-as-earth” have been praised by Stanley Plumly, Philip Terman, Irving Feldman, Frank X. Gaspar, and others. Her work has won New Millennium Writings, Harpur Palate, Chautauqua, Tupelo Quarterly, Crannog, and other national and international awards, and has been nominated several times for the Pushcart Prize. Whale Fall was choreographed and performed in Hilo, Hawai'i by dancers Jenn Eng, Karen Masaki, and Colee Garr in 2018. Here Along Cazenovia Creek was choreographed and performed by Shizuno Nasu of Japan in 2012. Ruth also performed with cellist Lee Zimmerman in Whitefish, Montana in 2019. Ruth received a BA from Stanford University and a doctorate in English from Indiana University. She has been an English professor, library administrator, book editor, and college dean in California. She now lives near Ithaca, NY with her partner, anthropologist-writer Don Mitchell. She teaches poetry, meditation, and writing from the body. Ruth talks about her work here.  Poems, videos of performances, and further information can be found here.

Publications & Prizes

Quickwater Oracles (Saddle Road Press, 2021)
Whale Fall & Black Sage (Saddle Road Press, 2019)
Crazing (Saddle Road Press, 2015)
Woman with Crows (Word Press, 2012)
Here Along Cazenovia Creek (Saddle Road Press, 2011)
Prizes won: 

Quickwater Oracles: 2022 Eric Hoffer Book Award, 1st Runner Up, Spiritual category

Quickwater Oracles, 2022 Montaigne Medal Finalist, Short List

Quickwater Oracles, 2022 Independent Press Award, Spirituality category

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Frank X. Gaspar Ross Gay Diane Gilliam Ellen Bass Ann Pancake Don Mitchell Tracy K Smith
What I'm reading now: 
The Book of Delights by Ross Gay, The Poetry of Rilke, Tr Edward Snow by Rainer Marie Wilke, Home Ground by Barry Lopez, Collected Poems by Galway Kinnell, Landmarks by Rober Macfarlane, Linney Stepp by Diane Gilliam

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Born in: 
Chicago , IL
Raised in: 
Berkeley, CA
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Last update: Jun 24, 2022