FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. What is The Ruth Stone Foundation?
A. The Ruth Stone Foundation is an nonprofit literary organization created by the trustees of Ruth Stone’s estate.
Q. Who is Ruth Stone?
A. Ruth Stone was an American poet (1915-2011). The author of 13 books of poetry, Stone’s honors and awards include two Guggenheim Fellowships, the Bess Hokin Prize, the Wallace Stevens Award, the Shelley Memorial Award, the Walter Cerf Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts, and the National Book Award.
Q. Is the Ruth Stone Foundation a Nonprofit?
A. Yes. The RSF is fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas, a national organization “that supports folks at every level of the cultural ecosystem.”
Q. Will my donations be tax deductible?
A. Yes. All donations are tax deductible, and any donations of materials are also deductible.
Q. How do I make a donation?
A. Visit our Fractured Atlas page HERE.
Q. What will the money the RSF raises be put towards?
A. The RSF is currently in the midst of a massive undertaking to rescue Ruth Stone’s beloved home from crumbling to the ground. For now, all money will go towards saving Ruth Stone’s house and creating a writer’s retreat. This includes architectural work, contractor fees, building materials, public facility renovations, landscaping, etc. For more detailed information on our budget, please contact us personally.
Q. Why is Ruth Stone’s house important?
A. The 1800’s farm house in Goshen, VT (as well as a smaller house of the same time period on the property, and an artist studio), are in desperate need of repair. This is important for several reasons: The house is not only a Vermont historical landmark, but it is also a literary landmark. The contents of the house (including a huge library, papers, memorabilia, manuscripts, etc.) structure, and land, are all intricately linked to Stone’s work. Indeed, her overall essence as a person. Many poets have come and gone throughout the years, written poems and shared works under that roof. Our vision is to not only appreciate that historical essence, but to invite artists to create in that same, sacred space. This is a unique opportunity to have an intimate, functional museum of a one brilliant woman’s muse, for poets and artists to experience for themselves.
Q. What are future plans for the Ruth Stone House?
A. It will mainly be a writer/artist retreat for roughly 1-6 people at a time. There will also be periodic workshops in poetry, fiction, and mixed genre, as well as readings and events open to the public. On certain days the house and grounds will also be open to the public to explore.