Poetry. LGBTQIA Studies. Ruth Dickey's MURA Award winning poems include many titles of poems in this collection that are lines from poems written by homeless and formerly homeless writers who participated in writing workshops Ruth Dickey founded and led at Miriam's Kitchen in Washington, DC. MUD BLOOMS goes well beyond the ordinary glance to revealing, true, humane, common bonds that may well bring us to the same place. Personal and wrenching, Ruth Dickey's first full length book of poems makes us want to read again.
Ruth E. Dickey has spent 25 years working at the intersection of community building, writing, and art. The recipient of a Mayor's Arts Award from Washington DC, and an individual artist grant from the DC Commission and Arts and Humanities, Ruth's poems and essays have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and won three Larry Neal Writing Awards. She is the author of the chapbook, Paper Houses, Sky Ceilings (Pudding House Press 2006), and her work has appeared widely, including in Alimentum, The Baltimore Review, Cincinnati Review, Ocean State Review, The Potomac Review, and Sonora Review. She lives in Seattle, where she serves as Executive Director of Seattle Arts & Lectures, which brings the best writers and thinkers to Seattle stages and classrooms. A builder and believer in big dreams, Ruth has had the pleasure of leading organizations in Washington, DC; Cincinnati, OH; and Seattle, WA to dramatically expand their community impact. Ruth holds an MFA in poetry from UNC-Greensboro, and a BS in Foreign Service and an MA in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University, and was a 2017 fellow with the National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program. She is a voracious reader, an ardent fan of dogs and coffee, was a co-founder of mothertongue in DC, and has taught poetry workshops in soup kitchens, drop in centers and the DC Public Schools.Author City: SEATTLE, WA USA