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Ruth Stone

Ruth Stone was born in Virginia in 1915. She is the author of thirteen books of poetry and her collected poems, What Love Comes To, was a finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize. She is the recipient of many honors, including two Guggenheim Fellowships (one of which roofed her house. In 1959, after her husband committed suicide, she was forced to raise three daughters alone. (As she has pointed out, her poems are "love poems, all written to a dead man" who forced her to "reside in limbo" with her daughters.) For twenty years she traveled the US, teaching creative writing at many universities, including the University of Illinois, University of Wisconsin, Indiana University, UC Davis, Brandeis, and finally settling at SUNY Binghampton. Today, Ruth Stone lives in Vermont.

http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/s_z/stone/stone.htm

   

Pulitzer Prize finalist 2009

2002 National Book Award

Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets

National Book Critics Circle Award

Eric Mathieu King Award from The Academy of American Poets

Whiting Award

Delmore Schwartz Award

Cerf Lifetime Achievement Award from the state of Vermont

Shelley Memorial Award

Paterson Poetry Prize

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