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Ruth provides readings and writing workshops for community events, schools and universities across the country and abroad.  Please send an email to find out her availability or whether she’s doing a reading, workshop or book signing in your area.

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  1. Christine Nichols says:


    I have been asked to pick my favorite poem and read it in class. I would like to read “Poetry Should Ride the Bus.”

    However, I’m not able to locate the source data I need. Where was the poem originally published, and is it available in one of your books?

    Thank you so much for your wonderful work! I’m a big fan.

    Best wishes,

    Christine Nichols

  2. Melissa says:

    When I was in high school, about 15 years ago, Ms. Forman came to Flagstaff, AZ for the Northern Arizona Book Festival and stopped to do a reading at my high school, Sinagua High School. She read her poem, “Poetry Should Ride the Bus,” and I still remember the influence that poetry did not have to be “above me.” I chose to become a high school English teacher and every year I start my poetry unit with that poem and tell them how I remember listening to you read it. THANK YOU!

  3. Helen says:

    Hello! Thank you for all of your work. I’ve loved it all. I’d love to hear about any events in the DC area. Thanks.

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  5. Barbara Head says:

    I would love to hear about any of Ruth Forman’s performances in the Portland (OR) area. Thanks!


  6. Lynn Foreman says:

    Hi Ruth, Found your poem in Hip Hop Speaks to Children. Hear you read it on the CD. Loved it!! and loved the book!!
    I mentioned it to Gabrielle who has spoken of you for 20 years! Now I’ve seen your web-site!!! How beautiful!!!! Love your uplifting, encouraging poetry.
    Thanks. Lynn Foreman

  7. Kim Anderson says:

    Events in DC? I might be able to make it– keep me posted.

  8. quamé says:

    dr. ruth!!! you are a sheroe of mine; thank you. “yesterday is today’s memory and tomorrow is today’s dream” khalil gibran

  9. tom lysaght says:

    What a brilliant, dynamic and alluring web site.
    very best,

  10. Bill Jurney says:

    A beautiful website! Best wishes with all your work!

  11. I read your article in the writer’s chronicle and i find inspiration in you. I love your words. Your poem peace will come touch me because i just loss my mother, it was like words from her. Prayers like shoes is beautiful. thanks, for the exerpts. The writer’s group that i am forming will get your book as a gift prayers like shoes. I am a poet who has self published. I write from the heart and i am happy to read your work feeling the emotion too. I am not fortunate to have the education and the talent that you have, but i will not give up writng. I have finished a first draft of romance novel, editing is rough, i have poems that i am planning publshing. The art sanctuary in Philadelphia is always featuring artist such as yourself. I hope i see you next year.

  12. Tamara Skov says:

    Ruth – back at my home in Santa Barbara. Ordered a copy of Prayers like Shoes. Thank you again for facilitating the Courage to Lead retreat this week. Girl, you have a powerful voice. Thank you for sharing it with us. I’ll follow your career and wish you & your family all the very best. Tamara

  13. I’ve enjoyed your work for many years. I am a fellow poet, workshop facilitator and educator. I read your book “We Are the Young Magician” until the spine broke…then I read it to my students. I’m teaching a workshop this afternoon and your work and words ran across my mind…I’m glad I discovered your site.


  14. Heike Gosier says:

    Just wanna admit that this is invaluable , Thanks for taking your time to write this.

  15. Barbara Bond says:

    Dear Ruth,

    I wanted so much to attend your book review especially
    after hearing the exquisite beauty of your poetry on your
    website. Regretfully, I was unable to come. Could you
    let us know when and where is your next book signing?

  16. It is an honor that you grace my life. Your words have always sent chills through my body. The website is divine!

    Thank you for the opportunity of sharing my heart through photographing the beauty that is you!

  17. Peter Poovey says:

    Hi mate! I completely agree with your opinion. I really appreciate what you’re doing here.

  18. You are my favorite poet EVAR!!!! Beautiful website, by the way. 🙂

  19. Allan says:

    I heard you come read to us students at Occidental College in 2005, and I still remember how awesome it was. Thanks!

    Now I am a student teacher, slinging English at eighth-graders. Some of them already love poetry. I am going to pull your books off my shelf to help them love more.

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