Poetry and Prose by Barbara Ruth


A young Barbara Ruth, (Holding "Army of Lovers" sign) with Kathy Hogan and Paola Bacchetta at Philadelphia City Hall protest.

A young Barbara Ruth, (holding “Army of Lovers” sign) with Kathy Hogan and Paola Bacchetta at Philadelphia City Hall protest.  1975

Listen, 29 min

Barbara Ruth visits Pushing Limits with poetry and prose. Barbara Ruth is a long-time Native American, Jewish disability activist, NeuroQueer, poet, writer, musician and photographer.

Barbara Ruth’s writing travels from lush erotic images to the nitty-gritty of relationships, all seen through her sharp political lens.  She’s a woman who knows her way around words, who sprinkles the pain with laughter and opens us to new ways of looking at our lives.

With music interludes from North Coast by Nicole Milner.

Barbara Ruth

Barbara Ruth

Barbara Ruth’s work will appear in Memoir: Dispatches from Lesbian Nation in 2015 and is available in Smash the Church; Smash the State; Writings from the Early Days of Gay Liberation, edited by Tommy Aviocolli Mecca from City Lights Books.

More from Barbara Ruth:
Bar Sinistre from Postcard Poems and Prose.
White Woman, Age 53 from NeuroQueer.
Poem to Change the World from Barking Sycamores.

Produced and hosted by Adrienne Lauby.  Audio editing by Sheela Gunn-Cushman.

Original Air Date: January 2, 2015


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