Ruth Stone’s Vast Library of the Female Mind
January 7 & 8, 2023 | 3:00PM
Directed by Nora Jacobson. 76 minutes. Not rated.
Saturday screening includes a discussion with the filmmaker, Nora Jacobson
Ruth Stone was a promising young poet, living an idyllic life with her beloved husband Walter Stone, a poet and professor when he died unexpectedly by suicide in 1959. Already a published poet with one book out titled In An Iridescent Time at the time of Walter’s death, Ruth found a way to continue writing while raising her three young daughters and teaching at various universities around the country as an itinerant poet.
Nora Jacobson’s film Ruth Stone’s Vast Library of the Female Mind chronicles Stone’s heroic life story as a poet, mother, and teacher in an hour and seventeen-minute long film that leaves its viewers inspired, enlightened, entertained, and uplifted. A visually beautiful film as well, Ruth Stone’s Vast Library of the Female Mind captures the rural grist of Stone’s heroic career, leaving no question as to why she has become both a Vermont and national treasure.
Best Biography, Literature in Cinema Festival
Honorable Mention, Best Documentary, New Jersey International Film Festival
Official selection, Boston Film Festival, Vermont International Film Festival and Through Women’s Eyes International Film Festival