Ruth F. Harrison, retired professor of medieval literature, lives near Waldport on the central Oregon coast. She has judged in contests sponsored by OSPA, NFSPS, Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg, Chapparal Poets, and the Ina Coolbrith Circle, among many others. Her publications include two textbooks, two poetry collections (Bone Flute, 1996; and Namesong, 2004), and three chapbooks. Her recent work appears in Harp Strings, Poets' Forum Magazine, Kestrel, Denver Quarterly, Manzanita Quarterly, West Wind Review, Plainsong, Edgz, Tiger's Eye, The Lyric, and other journals, and the Oregon bridges anthology; and online the packratnest and Lewis Turco's blog. Several poems are included in Turco's fourth edition of The Book of Forms. Her poems have won numerous awards in recent Formalist, NFSPS, and OSPA contests. Several poems have received a Pushcart Prize nomination.
Recognizing the need for poetry in our lives, the Oregon Poetic Voices Project (OPV) has begun to create a comprehensive digital archive of poetry readings that will complement existing print collections of poetry across the state.
"We each carry lines of poetry with us. Words that others have written float back to us and stay with us, indelibly. We clutch these "life lines" like totems, repeat them as mantras, and summon them for comfort and laughter."
-Academy of American Poets