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Ruth Farmer

What I Write and Edit: I am an essayist, fiction writer, and poet. I’m a regular contributor to the column, "Ways of Seeing" (Addison Independent). I co-edited and contributed chapters to the anthologies Transformative Language Arts in Action (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014, with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg) and Spirit, Space, and Survival: African-American Women in (White) Academe (Routledge, 1993, with Joy James). My poetry and prose appear in multiple literary journals as well as in my blog.


Who I Teach and Mentor: I have found great satisfaction in working with writers of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and academic papers. I specialize in coaching and editing writers of essays, memoirs, fiction, academic papers, and scholarly personal essays. I have extensive experience coaching writers one-on-one and teaching writing and literature in colleges, universities, secondary schools, community organizations. As the long-time director of the Goddard Graduate Institute and a faculty member at the Community College of Vermont, I have decades of experience guiding people toward their best writing.


What I Practice: I practice writing every day, showing up at the page to meet my words. Movement is also an essential part of my life. I practice Qigong, tai chi, and yoga, and I love ecstatic dance. I am an amateur photographer and collagist. Movement, meditation, photography, and collage help me to go where words cannot.

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