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Ruth Nolan

Ruth Nolan is a California desert-based poet/writer and professor of Creative Writing at College of the Desert in Palm Springs, CA. Her poetry collection Badwater placed as a finalist in the 2018 Hilary Gravendyk poetry book contest, and she's also the author of Ruby Mountain (Finishing Line Press). She is the editor of No Place for a Puritan: The Literature of California’s Deserts (Heyday Books); co-editor of Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California (Scarlet Tanager.) Her in-progress multi-literary project Fire on the Mojave: Stories from the Deserts and Mountains of Inland of Southern California has been supported by a California Writers Residency Award and grants from Breadloaf and Squaw Valley Writers Conferences; College of the Desert and Phi Kappa Phi Literary Society. Her short story, “Palimpsest,” published in LA Fiction: Southland Writing by Southland Writers (Red Hen Press), was nominated for a 2016 PEN Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers and also received an Honorable Mention Award in Sequestrum Magazine’s 2016 Editor’s Reprint contest. Ruth's writing has been published in News from Native California; Women’s Studies Quarterly; Desert Magazine; the Desert Sun; the Los Angeles Times; Desert Oracle; Bad Ken; Inlandia Literary Journeys and Sierra Club Desert Report. She holds her M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts from the University of California, Riverside.