Welcome to this website! My name is Ruth Thompson. I write poetry, teach, and operate a small literary press on the Big Island of Hawai’i.

I’ve written three books of poems: Crazing (2015), Woman With Crows (2012; 2013) and Here Along Cazenovia Creek (2011).

My poems have won New Millennium Writings, Chautauqua, Harpur Palate and other awards and have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Current work appears in Poetry Flash, bosque, American Poetry Journal, Tar River Poetry Review, and New Millennium Writings.

Here Along Cazenovia Creek was choreographed and performed by the master dancer Shizuno Nasu. Recently I’ve been working with dancer-choreographer Jenn K. Eng to combine poetry with dance.

My classes focus on writing from the body, from movement and breath, and from the stillness within. I also love to teach writing from nature, connecting with landscape, animals, birds, and plants.

I’m originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. I received a BA in English from Stanford and a doctorate in English from Indiana University. I was an English professor, a librarian, a book editor, and a college dean in Los Angeles. I now live in Hilo, Hawai’i, with writer-anthropologist Don Mitchell.

You can reach me at wailuku.ruth at gmail.com

6 thoughts on “ABOUT

  1. Mary Stroube Adams

    Ruth, I was lucky enough to be your sophomore roommate at Eucalypto and knew what great insight and compassion you had. Your work is the culmination of everything you have seen, heard, and felt. So sad to miss your discussion at 50th reunion, but I would love to follow up. You are a gem.
    Mary Stroube Adams

    1. rtrt Post author

      Mary, how wonderful to hear from you after all these years! And thank you – both for the kind and affectionate memories and for the generous comments on my work. Keep in touch!

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