“I read [Prayers Like Shoes] from cover to cover… I was inspired. I was reminded of what I love in poetry. Experience. Connectivity. Reading someone else’s words and feeling that I am not alone, that I am part of a community, of a human world.”
– Sivan Butler-Rotholz, As It Ought to Be Saturday Poetry Series. March 13, 2013

“Some people dance, some people manage numbers, some people are beautiful visual artists…I write. When somebody comes to me and explains how they were moved by the arrangement of my words, to me, that’s the highest offering I can give.”
-Ruth Forman
Interview in The Writer’s Chronicle, October/November 2012 issue

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August 9, 2007

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April 18, 2007

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Ruth Forman’s first book of poems, We Are the Young Magicians, announced the arrival of a major new talent, giving voice to a new generation of young African-American artists, new “young ‘sistapoets’ in whose steps [she] follows-Audre Lorde, Alice Walker and Sonia Sanchez-but also boldly blazes brand new trails.”
– Quarterly Black Review of Books

“Whether written in the spunky voice of the street, the dynamic voice of the ‘sista,’ or the tempered, meditative tongue of the aged, Ruth Forman commands those voices with a lyrical ease and certitude. Her childhood memories are served up as crisp and clear just as she delineates the surging energies of emerging sensuality. Ruth Forman is a poet of vibrant sensitivity.”
– Gloria Oden, Melus

“A 24-year-old poet who would appear to be a direct descendant of Nikki Giovanni and Ntozake Shange.”
– Publishers Weekly

“Forman’s poems jump, rage, dance, slap, sing, and cry truth.”
– NAPRA Trade Journal

“Winner of the 1992 Barnard New Women Poets Prize. African American poet Forman combines the street-swing of the slam-scene with the background sobriety of life lived amidst war and racism.”
– Booknews, Inc.

“Here, in her second book, her poems are like carefully banked embers. Renaissance traces the life cycle as Forman pays tribute to her ancestors (both literal and metaphoric), including a profoundly wise and moving memorial to her mother; offers love poems notable for their determined self-respect; and presents a set of spiritual meditations on friendship, expression, and community.”
– Donna Seaman, Booklist

“Stunning and Beautiful, [Forman’s poems] use incantatory language that heals; through references to writers of the Harlem Renaissance, the work builds a bridge for a new generation.”
– Library Journal


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