Honoring American Poet Ruth Stone in a New Film about Her Life & Poetry

121BC, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 100 Level
Thursday, March 24, 2022
10:35 am to 11:50 am


In this presentation, several poets who are interviewed in the new film “Ruth Stone’s Vast Library of the Female Mind” talk about why they wanted to participate in the filming and how Ruth Stone influenced them, their lives, and their work. Though Ruth Stone won awards and accolades, many people in the literary world still don’t know her name. The goal of the film and the event is to reveal Stone's poetry and life to a wider audience, as well as to pay tribute to this wholly original poet.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Schedule_for_presentation_at_AWP.pdf
Supplemental Document 1: Ruth_stone_film_one-sheet.pdf
Supplemental Document 2: Ruth_Stone_Vast_Library_verA_CMYK_FINAL.pdf
Supplemental Document 3: press_and_quotes_about_Ruth_Stone_film.pdf



Maria Mazziotti Gillan is winner of the 2014 George Garrett Award from AWP, the 2011 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers, and the 2008 American Book Award for her book. She is professor emerita of English and creative writing at Binghamton University—SUNY. www.mariagillan.com

Bianca Stone is a poet and visual artist. Her books include The Mobius Strip Club of Grief and What is Otherwise Infinite. She lives in Vermont where she is creative director at the Ruth Stone House.

Jan Freeman is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Blue Structure, and coeditor of Sisters: An Anthology. She was the longtime director of Paris Press. She teaches at the MASS MoCA Writing Through Art Poetry Retreats and provides editorial services to poets and writers.

Toi Derricotte's recent book is 'I', New and Selected Poems. Her honors include the 2012 Paterson Poetry Prize for Sustained Literary Achievement and the 2012 PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review and the Paris Review. She cofounded Cave Canem in 1996.

Chard deNiord is the author of six books of poetry, most recently In My Unknowing and Interstate. He is also the author of a book interviews with nine eminent American poets titled I Would Lie To You If I Could. He served as poet laureate of Vermont from 2016 to 2019.


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