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Ruth Forman

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Ruth Forman is the author of three award-winning books: poetry collections We Are the Young Magicians (Beacon, 1993) and Renaissance, (Beacon, 1997) and children’s book, Young Cornrows Callin Out the Moon (Children’s Book Press, 2007).

She is the recipient of the Barnard New Women Poets Prize, The Pen Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award, The Durfee Artist Fellowship, a DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowship, the National Council of Teachers of English Notable Book Award, and recognition by The American Library Association.

She provides writing workshops at retreats, schools, and universities across the country and abroad, and has presented in forums such as the United Nations, the PBS series The United States of Poetry and National Public Radio. Ruth is a former teacher of creative writing with the University of Southern California and June Jordan’s Poetry for the People program at UC Berkeley and a thirteen-year faculty member with the VONA-Voices writing program. Also an MFA graduate of the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television, she frequently collaborates on film, music, dance, theater, art and media projects. Her latest collection is Prayers Like Shoes (2009) on Whit Press.

When not writing and teaching, she practices a passion for martial arts: classical Yang family style tai-chi chuan, tai chi sword, bo staff and karate. Ms. Forman currently lives in Washington, DC (Ruth Forman Photo Credit: Christine Bennett Images).

Listen to Ruth read her poetry on a radio program recorded in 1998 to promote 360° A Revolution of Black Poets a seminal poetry event which was the first national festival of contemporary Black poetry.

Learn more at Ruth Forman’s official website


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