Ruth Stone will present a reading at Plymouth State University at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 19. The program, a presentation of the Plymouth State University Eagle Pond Authors’ Series, will be held in the Silver Cultural Arts Center on Main Street.
Academy of American Poets Chancellor Galway Kinnell wrote, “Ruth Stone published her first book when she was forty-four. Her latest book, In the Next Galaxy, is her eleventh.. … Her poems are experiences, not the record of experiences. They are events, interactions between the poet and the world. They happen–there on the page before us and within us–surprising and inevitable.”
Ruth Stone was born in 1915, in Roanoke, Virginia. She attended the University of Illinois. She married Walter Stone, a poet and professor of English at Vassar. He died in 1958, while they were in England. Stone, who is now 88 years old, raised their three daughters while continuing to encourage novice writers and publish her own books of poetry.
Her publications include In the Next Galaxy (Copper Canyon 2002), Ordinary Words (Paris Press, 1999), Simplicity (Paris Press, 1997), Who is the Widow’s Muse (Yellow Moon 1991), Second Hand Coat (Godine 1987), Cheap (Harcourt Brace 1975), Topography (1971) and In an Iridescent Time (1959). She has published poems in numerous anthologies and literary journals.
In 2002 she received the Wallace Stevens Award for outstanding and proven mastery of the art of poetry from the Academy of American Poets. Other awards include two Guggenheim Fellowships, The Bess Hokin Award from Poetry magazine, the Shelley Memorial Award, the Vermont Cerf Award for lifetime achievement in the arts, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the National Book Award. She has been a resident of Vermont since 1957.
The Eagle Pond Authors’ Series, which honors poet Donald Hall, is celebrating its sixth year at Plymouth State University. Other readers in this year’s series are Robert Bly, Sunday, March 7 and Frank X. Gaspar, Sunday April 18. The series is sponsored by the Plymouth State University Bookstore (Barnes and Noble). Readings are followed by a reception and book signing.
There is no charge for admission, but seating is limited. Call the Silver Cultural Arts Center box office at (603) 535-ARTS for free tickets. Box office hours are Monday through Friday, noon – 6 p.m. If special accommodations are needed for persons with disabilities, please call in advance.