Join Scott Ruescher and Ruth Lepson for an evening of contrasting yet complementary poetry at Gallery 263.
Ruth Lepson has been poet-in-residence at the New England Conservatory of Music for 20 years. Her recent book, ask anyone, is accompanied by musical settings, and available for listening and purchase at ruthlepson.com. Her other poetry publications include I Went Looking for You, Morphology, and Dreaming in Color, and she is the editor of Poetry for Sojourner: A Feminist Anthology. She had taught at the Kennedy School of Government, Bentley University, Northeastern, The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, the Art Institute of Boston, and the Lorain County Community College in Ohio. She has also worked in the poets-in-the-schools program, Partisan Review, and the Boston University Journal. Ruth has also organized poetry readings for Oxfam America, along with Mr. Scott Ruescher. Her poetry has appeared in journals that Scott would never deem to send his poems to, those being innovative publications, while he prefers the good old publications that promote more humane values.
Scott Ruescher is the author of a couple of recent small-press chapbooks of poetry. Sidewalk Tectonics, published by Pudding House Publications in 2009, takes the reader on a road-trip from Lincoln’s birthplace to the site of Martin Luther King’s assassination, while Perfect Memory, published in the fall of 2015 by Finishing Line Press, includes poems set in a variety of places, including Boston, Memphis, Columbus, and Central America. He won the 2015 Rebecca Lard Award from Poetry Quarterly, and, in both 2013 and 2014, the Erika Mumford Prize from the New England Poetry Club for poetry about travel and international culture. Some of his other recent place-obsessed poems have appeared, or will soon be appearing, in Shadowgraph Quarterly, Chautauqua, Agni Online, The Tower Journal, The Common Ground Review, Pinyon, The Dalhousie Review, Zymbol, the Evening Street Review, and elsewhere. Scott administrates the Arts in Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and teaches English in the Boston University Prison Education Program. More importantly, he has been bantering poetics and world affairs with Ms. Ruth Lepson ever since he helped her arrange annual benefit poetry readings for Oxfam America by noted poets in the 1980s. This is the first time he’s had the pleasure of squaring off with her–gracefully complementing her–in a poetry reading.