Ruth Stone, an award-winning poet, died Nov. 19 in Vermont of natural causes, her daughter Phoebe told the AP Thursday (Nov. 24). Her daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were at her side.
Stone was lauded as one of the country’s best poets in her later years, winning the National Book Award in 2002 at the age of 87 for “In the Next Galaxy” and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2009 for “What Love Comes To.”
At age 19, Ruth Perkins married and moved from her Roanoka, VA. home to Urbana, Ill., where she studied at the University of Illinois. There she met Walter STone, a grad student and poet who became the love of her life. She divorced her first husband, married Walter and had two daughters. She also had a daughter from her first marriage. But later on in their marriage, Walter hung himself during a sabbatical in England, which Ruth never really got over.
By 1990, she was a professor of English and creative writing at the State University of New York in Binghamton. Most of her published works were written after she turned 70.