Ruth Stone Dies at 96

Ruth Stone, born on June 8, 1915, passed away on November 19, 2011 of natural causes.

In her 96 years, she led an active life as a poet and teacher.  Stone serves as an inspiration to all writers, as “success” came to her much later in life.  In 2002, she won the Wallace Stevens Award and The National Book Award. Stone also recieved two Guggenheim Fellowships, and in 2007 she was named the poet laureate of Vermont.

Her book What Loves Come To: New and Selected Poems (reviewed here by Joe Ahearn) was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.  You can read some of her poems here and here and the New York Times obit here.