Ruth Danon's Word Has It, was just published by Nirala in March, 2018. Her last book , Limitless Tiny Boat, was published by BlazeVox in the fall of 2015. She is also the author of Living With the Fireman (Ziesing Brothers, 1981), Work in the English Novel, (Croom-Helm, 1985),and Triangulation from a Known Point (North Star Line, 1990). Her poetry and prose have appeared in The Florida Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Post Road, Noon, Versal, Mead, BOMB, The Paris Review, Fence, The Boston Review, 3rd Bed, Crayon, and many other publications in the US and abroad. Her work was selected by Robert Creeley for Best American Poetry, 2002. Her poems also appear in the anthologies, Noon: An Anthology of Short Poems (Isobar Press, 2019), Eternal Snow (Nirala, 2017) and Resist Much, Obey Little (Spuyten Duyvil, 2017).
Committed to creating literary community, this spring Ruth began curating a new series of literary events. The Spring Street Reading Series gathers together distinguished writers from the Hudson Valley and counterparts from outside the region at Atlas Studios in Newburgh. Each evening during this first season is organized around a specific topic. The Readings are intended to provoke meaningful conversation among writers that then open out to include the audiences. She will be reading at the event on September 21, 2019.
She has been a fellow at the Ragdale Foundation, the Corporation of Yaddo, the Ora Lerman Foundation, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. She taught for many years in the Creative and Expository Writing Programs that she directed for the McGhee Division of the School of Professional Studies of New York University. There she was also founding director of the SPS Summer Intensive Creative Writing Workshops that for seventeen years brought the best American and international writers to work with students from NYU, across the nation, and around the globe. In 2017 she left NYU to expand her own teaching practice in New York City and Beacon, NY. You can learn more about that if you go to the Teaching and Consultation tab on this site.
She grew up in upstate New York on the grounds of the Binghamton State Hospital, where her mother, a Hungarian refugee, worked as a psychiatrist. She is completing a memoir about this experience. You can read the first pages of the memoir in Tupelo Quarterly. She received her B.A. from Bard College, her Ph.D. in literature from the University of Connecticut, and completed her psychoanalytic training at the Object Relations Institute of New York.
She and her husband, the painter Gary Buckendorf, live in Beacon, NY. Ruth still hides out in Olivebridge, NY when she tires of sidewalks.