About Ruth

I am an essayist, fiction writer, and poet. I co-edited and contributed chapters to the anthologies Transformative Language Arts in Action (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014; co-editor Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg) and Spirit, Space, and Survival: African-American Women in (White) Academe (Routledge, 1993; co-edited with Joy James). My poetry and prose appear in several literary journals.


I am Director of the Goddard Graduate Institute and a faculty member at the Community College of Vermont. I have several years’ experience teaching writing and literature in various venues, including college and universities, secondary schools, community organizations, and one-on-one. I have worked with writers of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and academic papers. I specialize in coaching and editing nonfiction, including, scholarly personal narratives, essays, academic papers, and memoirs.

Movement is an essential part of my life. I practice tai chi and yoga, love ecstatic dance, and am a former community member of the Bryce Dance Company. I am an amateur photographer and enjoy making collages. Movement, meditation, photography, and collage help me to go where words cannot.

PUBLICATIONS (partial listing)

Books, Newsletters, Occasional Papers

  • Transformative Language Arts in Action, edited by Ruth Farmer and Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014)
  • Tesserae, a chapbook; editor (Bennington MFA Program, January, 1996)Women’s Rape Crisis Center Newsletter; copy editor (1995-1996)
  • Spirit, Space, and Survival: African American Women in (White) Academe, edited by Joy James and Ruth Farmer (NY: Routledge, 1993)
  • The Barnard Occasional Papers On Women’s Issues, co-editor (1987-1991)

Essays and Book Reviews

  • “Leading and Following: A Perspective on Teaching and Learning,” in Teaching Transformation: Progressive Education in Action (Goddard Graduate Institute 2017)
  • Essays published in The Magazine of Yoga (2011)
  • “Maxine Kumin,” in The Encyclopedia of New England Culture, Burt Feintuch and David H. Watters, editors (New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 2005)
  • “Writing from Art,” The Burlington Free Press, Living Section (January 21 2004)
  • “Why I am Here,” The Putney Post (Spring 2003)
  • “Erasing Mother,” Gossip, Vol. 4, No. 6, June, 1997
  • Reviews of poetry and nonfiction, Harvard Review #8 and #9, 1995
  • “Building International Coalitions Among Women of Color: Report From Zimbabwe,” The Barnard Occasional Papers on Women’s Issues, Vol. V, No. 2, Summer, 1990
  • “Writers’ Retreat,” Dojo News, December 1990
  • “Maya Angelou,” Dojo News, Spring, 1990

Most recent book: Transformative Language Arts in Action (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014):