Boston Film Festival 2021

Ruth Stone's Vast Library of the Female Mind (Documentary)

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Ruth Stone was a promising young poet, living an idyllic life with her

beloved husband, a poet and professor. When he died unexpectedly by suicide, Ruth

was flung out into the world, destitute with three daughters to support.

Though not well known outside of the poetry world, Ruth won accolades and

awards, such the National Book Award for Poetry, the Wallace Stevens Award, the

National Book Critics Circle Award, two Guggenheim Fellowships, the Delmore

Schwartz Award, and she was a finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry,

among many others.

Beloved by many, Ruth’s house in Goshen, Vermont became a mecca for students,

poets, friends and family members. There she inspired people to make art and write,

not only through activities such as the “poetry game”, but by providing solace and

nurture, surrounded by nature and camaraderie.

After Ruth died, her granddaughter Bianca Stone and husband Ben Pease,

began renovating Ruth’s house and turning it into a writer’s retreat. Their goal

is to create an enduring legacy that will keep Ruth’s name alive and nurture

a new generation of poets.


"Presented with the cooperation of the Vermont International Film Festival" 

  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    77:00
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Nora Jacobson
  • Producer
    Nora Jacobson
  • Executive Producer
    Chard DeNiord and Bill Stetson
  • Co-Producer
    Sophie Whittemore
  • Cinematographer
    Nora Jacobson
  • Editor
    Nora Jacobson
  • Animator
    Bianca Stone
  • Sound Design
    Kate Cone, Antoinette Jacobson, Meghan O'Rourke, Kate Cone, David Ferm
  • Music
    Ty Gibbons