Tracker Pixel for Entry

​Ruth L. Schwartz: Writer, Shaman, Activist

by Särah Nour | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | Writer's Block | February 27th, 2016

On March 1, Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Glasrud Distinguished Lecturer Series will host a panel with writer, shaman and activist Ruth L. Schwartz, with a lecture at MSUM’s Library Porch followed by a reading at the Red Raven Espresso Parlor. Both will be free and open to the public.

Her books of poetry include “Edgewater,” winner of the National Poetry Series; “Dear Good Naked Morning,” winner of the Autumn House Press Poetry Prize; “Singular Bodies,” winner of the Anhinga Prize for Poetry; and “Accordion Breathing & Dancing,” winner of the Associated Writing Programs competition.

“My first two books of poems contain a lot of stories and images from my days as an AIDS educator, because I wrote many of the poems while I was still doing that work,” Schwartz says. “My fifth book contains poems that come out of my hypnotherapy and healing work. I haven’t worked as a health educator in many years, but I do still do hypnotherapy and shamanic work.”

In addition to poetry, Schwartz regularly has essays published in The Sun and has written two nonfiction books, including a memoir entitled “Death in Reverse: A Love Story.”

“In 1995 I donated my right kidney to my partner, and I wrote the memoir to tell the story of the first year after the transplant,” she says. “It was a very hard and beautiful year, filled with pain and struggle and deepening love, and unexpected humor, and I found that poetry didn’t let me write the whole story out as fully as I wanted to. I actually wrote most of the book during that year, and finished it a few years later, though it didn’t get published until 2004.”

Her spiritual guidebook, “Soul on Earth: A Guide to Living and Loving Your Human Life,” was published in 2012.

“It came out of my lifelong effort to understand what really matters here on earth — how we can live the best, most meaningful and most joyful lives possible, given all the internal and external challenges we face as human beings. It also documents a lot of the shamanic healing methods I’ve been studying and practicing since 2003, which have had a profound effect on my life, and the lives of many of the clients I’ve worked with.”

For Schwarz, writing in different genres presents its share of challenges and rewards.

“In a way, my writing impulse is always the same — I feel things, I grapple with trying to understand them, and I do my best to put the feelings and effort into words. But writing a memoir required me to structure the story, to tell a sequence of events in linear-enough, but not-so-linear-as-to-be-boring fashion. And structuring ‘Soul on Earth’ was far more difficult, because there were so many things I wanted to cover. I also had to work really hard to find the right voice, because I wanted the book to be helpful and accessible. With poetry, I don’t worry about being ‘helpful.’ Though of course I hope my poems may help readers. I work much more with sounds and images in poems.”

Since 2007, Schwartz has been teaching at Ashland University.

For more information, contact event coordinator and MSUM professor Kevin Zepper at 218-477-2456.

IF YOU GO:

Ruth L. Schwartz lecture and reading

Tuesday March 1

Lecture 4 p.m. Library porch 1104 7th Ave. S Moorhead

Reading 8 p.m. Red Raven Espresso Parlor, 916 Main Ave.

Free and open to the public

Recently in:

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Attorney General’s office announced Friday it is suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for gross negligence and tortious acts during the Dakota Access Pipeline controversy in 2016.The state has…

The 45th Annual Downtown Fargo Street Fair has been making efforts to increase the number of local vendors. The Local Block will be located at the north end of the 300 block on Broadway, near the Fargo Theatre.The High Plains…

Thursday, July 26 at 5 p.m.-midnightFargo Brewing Company, 610 N University, FargoHip hop artist, community activist, and member of Rhymesayers, Brother Ali will appear with Nooky Jones at The Fargo Brewing Company. Nooky Jones was…

With all of the excitement surrounding the legalization of recreational and medicinal marijuana, why aren’t we discussing the possibilities of industrial hemp? You might not catch a buzz from it but there’s all kinds of other…

“Hi Ho, Hi Ho! It’s Off To Work We Go!”How many undocumented workers are in the United States? Estimates range from 11 to 25 million. We need some history to understand why our immigration laws are in such a mess. The most…

FARGO - A collection of memories from High Plains Reader's annual Cocktail Showdown. Participants were judged on creativity, flavor, and presentation; and this year we added a new category. Like years before, each establishment was…

All About Food

​Food truck fever

by HPR Contributor

By Ben Myhrebenmyhre35@gmail.comHave you all been to Taco Brothers Taco Truck yet? Or how about Poke Bowl Food Truck? Have you tried the Walleye Wrap at Chef Mobile? There may have been a few mobile food establishments in decades…

We had a chance to chat with Duluth native Gaelynn Lea at Winnipeg Folk Festival. Not only did she tell us how she developed her sound she told us about her experience winning the NPR Tiny Desk Concert and the trials and…

Boots Riley hallucinates a wildly funny feature debut with “Sorry to Bother You,” a sharp-fanged social satire that mashes up the innovative handmade aesthetics of Michel Gondry with the fierce truth-to-power consciousness of…

Arts

Dan Mihuta: The Art Maker

by HPR Contributor

By Rod Hadland rodanthonyhadland@gmail.comThe name Mr. Mihuta may not be familiar, but for most of my life, I’ve known that name. There was a television show where Mr. Mihuta taught art projects, in various mediums, that I…

Theatre

Xanadu: The Musical

by HPR Contributor

By Tayler Klimektklimek@cord.eduGet ready to dive into a world full of demi-gods, mythological creatures, and plenty of disco balls when you see Fargo-Moorhead Community Theater’s exciting first show of its 72nd season:…

Fargo has its share of people who are passionate about stand-up comedy, even if the success of clubs devoted to it has been mixed. Despite the fact we have seen places like Courtney’s Comedy Club and Level 2 Comedy Club close…

Once a year, fans of beer in the FM area have access to what their heart desires... bragging rights. The Rare Beer Picnic grants beer aficionados the ability to taste whatever their heart desires from their favorite beer…

Best Local CelebrityCarson WentzBest Stylist / BarberJed Felix, Everett’s BarbershopBest Salon / Barber ShopEverett’s BarbershopBest Tattoo Parlor46 & 2 TattooBest Tattoo ArtistMeg Felix, No Coast TattooBest Gift ShopZandbroz…

By Melissa Martinmelissamartincounselor@live.comThink back to one of your worst small decisions. Then answer the following questions:How did you make the decision?What happened after the decision?When did you know it was the worst…

By Gary Olsonolsong@moravian.edu Recognition of the inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.- The United Nations…