Ruth Schwartz, Ashland MFA Faculty Poetry

Ruth L. Schwartz


Ruth L. Schwartz, poetry, is the author of five books of poems: Miraculum (Autumn House Press, 2012); Dear Good Naked Morning (Autumn House Press, 2005), selected by Alicia Ostriker for the 2004 Autumn House Poetry Prize; Edgewater (HarperCollins, 2002), a National Poetry Series winner chosen by Jane Hirshfield; Singular Bodies (Anhinga Press, 2001), recipient of the 2000 Anhinga Prize for Poetry; and Accordion Breathing and Dancing (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1996), winner of the 1994 Associated Writing Programs Competition. Ruth is also the author of a psychospiritual guide book, Soul on Earth: A Guide to Living & Loving Your Human Life (Six Directions Press, 2012), and a memoir, Death in Reverse: A Love Story (Michigan State University Press, 2004). Ruth’s creative nonfiction has appeared in the Utne Reader, The Sun, and numerous anthologies.

Recipient of over a dozen national writing awards, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Astraea Foundation, Ruth is also a lifelong explorer of consciousness and healing. In addition to her M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Ruth has a Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology, maintains a private healing practice, and teaches workshops on shamanic practice and healing, including “The Writer as Shaman.” Please visit for more information.

Seminars and Readings by Ruth L. Schwartz


MFA, University of Michigan
Ph.D., University for Integrative Learning