Ruth shares how she ended up on a mountain, on fire, working with a hotshot crew -- and overcoming her internal challenges.
Ruth Nolan has been Professor of English, Creative Writing and Native American Literature at College of the Desert since 1999, and advises the campus literary magazine, Solstice. A former Bureau of Land Management and United States Forest Service seasonal firefighter in the California Desert District and western U.S. (1982-1987), she is on sabbatical this academic year, working on the book project "Fire On the Mojave: Stories from the Deserts and Mountains of Inland Southern California." She also writes about California desert culture for several publications, is editor of the critically-acclaimed anthology No Place for a Puritan: the Literature of California's Deserts, and is the author of the poetry book Ruby Mountain (forthcoming in 2016 from Finishing Line Press). Her fiction is included in LA Fiction Anthology: Southland Stories by Southland Writers (Red Hen Press 2016). She is a 2014 graduate of the UCR Palm Desert Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts M.F.A. program, and holds her M.A. in English and Creative Writing from Northern Arizona University. Ruth is the proud mother of a grown daughter, Tarah, and has two young grandsons, Baby Simon, 2 1/2 and Luke, 3 months, and enjoys hiking and exploring the desert outdoors with them all, especially now, during the 2016 wildflower superbloom.