Ruth Forman

Ruth Forman is the author of the children’s books Curls, Glow, Bloom, Ours, One and Like So (Simon & Schuster, 2020 – 2024). She is an award-winning author of the poetry collections Prayers Like Shoes (Whit, 2009), Renaissance (Beacon, 1997), and We Are the Young Magicians (Beacon, 1993) as well as the children’s book Young Cornrows Callin Out the Moon (Children’s Book Press, 2007).

Ruth has received the Barnard New Women Poets Prize, The Pen Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award, The Durfee Artist Fellowship, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowships, the National Council of Teachers of English Notable Book Award, and recognition by The American Library Association. She 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, as well as a longtime faculty member with the VONA writing program. She is currently a professor at the Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English.

When not writing and teaching, Ruth practices a passion for classical Yang family style tai chi chuan.  You can learn more about her at

photo credit to Christine Bennett