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.
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