Ruth Thompson grew up in California and received a BA from Stanford and a PhD from Indiana University. She has been an English professor, librarian, college dean, and yoga teacher in Los Angeles. She now lives in Hilo, Hawai’i, where she teaches writing, meditation, and yoga. Her poems have won the New Millennium Writings Poetry Award and the Harpur Palate Milton Kessler Memorial Prize, among others.


Her chapbook, Here Along Cazenovia Creek, was the basis for a collaborative performance of poetry and dance with Japanese dancer Shizuno Nasu (see this, this, and this).


Woman with Crows, her second book of poetry, was a finalist for the A Room of Her Own Foundation’s To The Lighthouse Prize in 2010.


Her most recent book is Whale Fall & Black Sage.


Ruth is involved in video poetry and other video.  Visit her website as well as the Woman with Crows website.

Image: Don Mitchell

Ruth Thompson

Here Along Cazenovia Creek

Woman With Crows


Whale Fall & Black Sage