Ruth Thompson is a poet and a conscious channel. She is the author of six books, most recently JOURNEY BREAD (Broadstone Books, August 2024). Previous books include WHALE FALL & BLACK SAGE (poetry; 2019), and QUICKWATER ORACLES: CONVERSATIONS & MEDITATIONS (channels; 2021), which won Hoffer, Montaigne, and First Generation book awards in 2022 and was First Runner-Up for the Hoffer Grand Prize.

Ruth began writing poetry in her fifties, after freeing herself from an abusive marriage, about which she wrote in Woman With Crows. Her poems are joyous, fierce, witty, and celebratory. Praised by Stanley Plumly, Philip Terman, Frank X. Gaspar, and others, they have won many national awards and Pushcart nominations.

Whale Fall was choreographed and performed in Hilo, Hawai’i in 2018. Here Along Cazenovia Creek was choreographed and performed by revered dancer Shizuno Nasu of Japan in 2012. Ruth also performed with cellist Lee Zimmerman in Whitefish, Montana in 2019.

A native Californian, Ruth has a BA from Stanford University and a doctorate in English from Indiana University. She has been an English professor, librarian, book editor, and college dean. She now lives in Ithaca, New York with her husband, anthropologist-writer Don Mitchell, teaches poetry and meditation, and is the publisher of Saddle Road Press.

You can watch Ruth talking about her work here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obJBbK99zkQ


  1. 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. 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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