SATURDAY NOVEMBER 6 @ 6 PM EASTERN – TANIA PRYPUTNIEWICZ (November Butterfly, Heart’s Compass Tarot) and Ruth talked about Quickwater Oracles with a group of friends. Tania did a tarot reading for Quickwater and Ruth read some channels. Video HERE.

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 12 @ 6PM EASTERN – BARBARA ANN YODER and Ruth talk about Quickwater Oracles, and particularly the channels that encourage being true to oneself as a writer. Ruth reads some of the channels, including the “The Universe Is Breathing You” meditation. Register in advance for this event: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0ldeugpjkqHtcz-J1jsT-blo7l1f0TrKTc

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 14 @ 4 PM EASTERN – Beloved poet DIANE GILLIAM (Kettle Bottom, Dreadful Wind & Rain) and Ruth in conversation about writing, Quickwater Oracles, and other matters. Reading and guided short writing session may be on the agenda. Register in advance for this event:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

SUNDAY DECEMBER 5 @ 4 PM EASTERN – QUICKWATER ORACLES BOOK LAUNCH! with Esther Cohen (Overheard, God Is a Tree) and Ruth – sponsored by THE BOOK CANOPY, Two Fine Crows Books, and local bookstores. Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUod-upqTkrH93hjNjr7MX-BNfgXpo8vbIO After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

SATURDAY DECEMBER 11 @ 2 PM EASTERN – CHANNELING Conversation with AILIA MIRA – Join Ruth and Ailia Mira, teacher and channel extraordinaire, for an online conversation about channeling, Quickwater Oracles, and loving what is in today’s world. Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZElduGppj0pEtUtiA3K9pLwryL3JDas3zU- After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 23 @ 3:30 PM EASTERN – Jendi Reiter of Winning Writers (An Incomplete List of My Wishes, Bullies In Love) and Ruth talk about channeling, magick, writing, and making Quickwater Oracle Cards!
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Past classes have included yoga, body-based meditation, and writing workshops for all levels (sometimes mixing all three and incorporating nature and/or various spiritual traditions). I’ve traveled throughout the U.S. to give readings from my books and to teach workshops on writing from the body. Check back soon and sign up for the e-newsletter, as sessions and poetry readings may become virtual.

“Poetry Flash” 2017 at Moe’s Books in Berkeley, CA, where I read from Whale Fall & Black Sage (Video). Afterwards, Cynthia Albers from Arc Inspired – who was in the crowd that night – wrote a wonderful blog post about my work.

QUICKWATER ORACLES will launch with a series of online (and possibly in-person) events beginning in October, 2021, and continuing through the end of the year. QUICKWATER is available for pre-order beginning in July. Shipping begins October 15. Signed copies will be available for sale at selected bookstores.


Writing Workshops. Class size is limited. Will incorporate movement, meditation, pranayama, writing in nature, writing from the body, and other practices. Generate new material; identify potent images, phrases, and scenes; begin revision; and work on performance skills.

Meditation with Ruth Thompson. We will explore meditative techniques from many spiritual traditions, concluding each week with 20-30 minutes of individual silent seated meditation. BYO zafu or blanket. Donation optional, to animal rescue.


In the Bay Area and the California coast to read from Whale Fall & Black Sage.

March to April:

“Writing and Publishing Today”, with Don Mitchell (3 units, 8 weeks, upper division undergraduates and graduate students). On campus March 18-30, online for another 6 weeks. Williamson Endowed Chair in Creative Writing, Eastern New Mexico University, Spring 2019. I will also lead two “Body Speaking” workshops, give two readings, and talk with book groups, school and library groups.

Dec 15th:

“Whale Fall: A Collaborative Performance of Poetry and Dance”, with Jenn Eng, Colee Garr, Karen Masaki, and Ruth Thompson. Saturday, 7pm, Hilo Shala, Kaikodo Building, 64 Keawe St #200, Hilo Hawaii, $15.

April 3rd and May 1st:

National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) Kick-Off and Conclusion. 5-6pm, Hilo Public Library, 300 Waianuenue Ave. A talk on writing poetry and prompts for you to try each week in the month ahead. (You will not be showing your work to anyone, so go for it!) At the end of the month, I’ll read from my new work, answer questions, and offer guidance for continuing your writing.

February to March, June 11-24th:

“Body Speaking: Writing from the Body” Workshop

February 2nd:

“Poetry Flash Reading Series with Ruth Thompson and Sandra Hunter” (Readings from Whale Fall). 7pm, Moe’s Books at 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA.

June 9th:

“Why There Are Words” Literary Reading Series. Julia Fierro, Molly Giles, Don Mitchell, Antonya Nelson, Ruth Thompson, and Peter Turchi read from their works on the theme of “Solidarity”. 7pm, Studio 333 on 333 Caledonia St, Sausalito CA. $10.

Feb 28th to May 22nd:

“Body Speaking: Writing Practice with Ruth Thompson” Class/Writer Workshop Series. Yoga Centered Studio, 37 Waianuenue Ave, Hilo, Hawai’i.

October and November:

Poetry Readings – CA

Late August:

Readings featured at the Surf Break Cafe Launch Party in Hilo, Hawai’i.

Aug 10-16th:

AROHO Women Writers’ Retreat at Ghost Ranch, NM. Ruth will be attending the retreat again and offering consultations. She will be part of the evening readings.

August 4th:

Brooklyn Reading. Tuesday, 7pm at 301 Sterling Place, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, NY.


Brooklyn Reading with Elana Bell, Breena Clarke, Esther Cohen, Jenny Douglas, Don Mitchell, and Lisa Rizzo. The Brooklyn Cottage, 960 Atlantic Avenue.

July 11th:

“Revising Your Writing” Workshop at Hilo Public Library

June 13th:

“Beginning Writing” Workshop and Reading at Hilo Public Library (300 Waianuenue Ave, Hilo)

April 19th to June 28th:

Beginning Writing Class – Hilo, Hawai’i.


Guided Meditation Class – Northern CA.


Loving-Kindness Meditation

February 21st:

“Body Speaking” Writing Workshop

November 13th:

“Why There Are Words” Literary Reading Series presents a magnetic force of compelling readings from the following authors on the theme of “Gravity”: Julia Fierro, Molly Giles, Don Mitchell, Antonya Nelson, Ruth Thompson, and Peter Turchi. 7pm, $10, at Studio 333 is located at 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito, CA 94965.

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