Look to the Future presents ninety-six-year-old Ruth Stone, National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award-winning poet, in a rare "salon" recording of NBCC Award-winning Ordinary Words with Simplicity (the collection that many of Stone's most ardent admirers consider her "perfect" book). The CD includes a moving new introduction by Ruth Stone's beloved granddaughter, poet Bianca Stone. Capturing the world of Stone's "Poetry House," Look to the Future exemplifies the multidimensional genius, originality, and beauty of Ruth Stone—in her own voice, as she reads her favorite poems from both volumes, with a finch occasionally singing beside her.
Ruth Stone is the author of thirteen books of poetry, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist What Love Comes To: New and Selected Poems; National Book Award-winning In the Next Galaxy; National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Ordinary Words; and Simplicity. She is recipient of the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Shelley Memorial Award, the Cerf Lifetime Achievement Award, a Whiting Award, and others. Stone is professor emeritus of poetry at Binghamton University. She lives in Vermont, where she recently served as Poet Laureate.
Bianca Stone, Ruth Stone's granddaughter, is a poet and illustrator based in Brooklyn, New York. She is the creator of the Ladder Poetry Reading Series in New York City, an editor at Monk Books, and the author of the chapbook Someone Else's Wedding Vows and the blog Poetry Comics.