Ruth Thompson


Hilo, HI 96720

Author's Bio

Ruth Thompson is the author of four books of poetry: Whale Fall & Black Sage (2018), Crazing (2015), Woman With Crows (2013), and Here Along Cazenovia Creek (2011). Her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and have won New Millennium Writings (twice), Harpur Palate, Chautauqua and Tupelo Quarterly awards. She has collaborated with modern dancers to create "Whale Fall," based on poems from her most recent book, and other work has been choreographed by Shizuno Nasu and Jenn Eng.

Thompson's work currently appears or is forthcoming in Poetry Flash, bosque, Tar River Poetry, and The American Poetry Journal. It has been published in New Millennium Writings, Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Chautauqua, Potomac Review, Naugatuck River Review, Comstock Review and elsewhere.

Thompson is an alumnae of the Rivendell Writers Colony in Sewanee, TN. She was a contributor at the 2011, 2013, and 2015 AROHO (A Room of Her Own Foundation) women writers’ retreats at Ghost Ranch, NM, and has also been a co-artist in residence for Portales, NM.

She received a BA from Stanford and a doctorate in English from Indiana University. She teaches poetry, meditation, and writing from the body/writing from nature, and is editor of a small literary press in Hilo, Hawai’i.

Poems, videos of dance/poetry performances, and a brief film of Thompson talking about her work are on her website,, and her youtube channel,

Publications & Prizes

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

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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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Last update: Dec 08, 2018