Ruth L. Schwartz’ five books of poems include the National Poetry Series winner Edgewater (HarperCollins 2002), selected by Jane Hirshfield. Her other poetry books are Miraculum (Autumn House Press, 2012), Dear Good Naked Morning (Autumn House Press, 2005, selected by Alicia Ostriker as winner of the Autumn House Press Poetry Prize), Singular Bodies (Anhinga Press 2001, selected by Allison Joseph as winner of the Anhinga Prize for Poetry), and Accordion Breathing & Dancing (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1996, selected by William Matthews as winner of the Associated Writing Programs competition.)
Ruth has been the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, the Astraea Foundation, and the Henry Hoyns scholarship at the University of Michigan. She is a two-time winner of both the Nimrod/Pablo Neruda prize and the Chelsea Magazine editors’ award, and has also been the winner of the New Letters Literary Award, the San Francisco Bay Guardian Poetry Contest, the Randall Jarrell award, the Americas Review prize, and a Reader’s Choice award from Prairie Schooner.
Ruth is also the author of two nonfiction books: a memoir, Death in Reverse: A Love Story (Michigan State University Press, 2004) and a spiritual guidebook, Soul on Earth: A Guide to Living & Loving Your Human Life (Six Directions Press, 2012). She frequently publishes her essays in The Sun.
Ruth teaches in the low-residency M.F.A. Program at Ashland University, and has also taught at Cleveland State University, California State University-Fresno, Mills College, Goddard College, and the California College of the Arts.
Ruth worked as an AIDS and cancer educator, and did international health education consulting work in the Caribbean and Africa, in the 1980s and 1990s. A lifelong explorer of consciousness, creativity and healing, she earned a Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology in 2005, and has been a Board-certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and shamanic practitioner since 2003. More recently Ruth’s passion has been the study and application of neuroplasticity as a healing modality, and she is the creator of Brain-Body Miracle (www.brainbodymiracle.com), a program which helps people heal from a range of conditions including depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple chemical sensitivity, fibromyalgia and other complex chronic illnesses.
Born in 1962 in upstate New York, Ruth spent her childhood moving around the country, and left home at sixteen. She received her B.A. from Wesleyan University in 1983, and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan in 1985. She has traveled extensively in Latin America, and is fluent in Spanish. She currently lives on a rural ranch in Northern California with her spouse, Michelle Murrain, and their orange feline (otherwise known as Lord King Sir Master), Mellow Yellow.