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Word Thursdays: Sharon Ruetenik & Ginnah Howard

August 22 @ 7:00 pm

Word Thursdays In Person featuring Ginnah Howard & Sharon Ruetenick will broadcast live on Thursday, August 22 at 7 PM EST.

Visit Bright Hill’s Facebook page at 7 PM EST to view the live stream. RSVP to the event on Facebook here.

Suggested donation is $3, and free to students.

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Virtual “donation jar:”


Sharon Ruetenik

Until her recent retirement, Sharon Ruetenik was the international student advisor, writing center coordinator, and a part-time instructor in composition and literature at SUNY Delhi. She holds masters degrees in both literature and library science. Ruetenik’s chapbook, The Wooden Bowl, illustrates the role of women from Eve to Dorothy. Her work has appeared in print and on-line journals, most recently the anthologies Like Light and Prolific press Three line Poetry, an on-line edition of The Catskill Mountain Region Guide, and the print journals Iconoclast and Evening Street Review.

Ruetenik has taught poetry as a college instructor, for Writers in the Mountains and at the Ogden Library through a grant from the NY Council of the Humanities. In addition she has functioned as the facilitator for the council leading several discussions, including such varied topics as True Crime, Aging, and the Muslim Journey. Ruetenik was awarded a fellowship at the Saltonstall Foundation of the Arts and Platte Clove.

Of great interest as both educator and writer are what initially sparks the work, its process from inception, and the art of revising. Her own work involves retelling of myths and fairy tales, family lore, and most importantly exploring the hard truths of life and its myriad incongruities.

Ginnah Howard

Ginnah Howard’s work has appeared in Water~Stone Review, Permafrost, Portland Review, Descant 145, The Tusculum Review, and elsewhere. Several stories have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Night Navigation, Book 2 of her upstate novel trilogy, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009), was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. Book 1 of the trilogy, Rope & Bone: A Novel in Stories (Illume, 2014) was listed by Publishers Weekly as one of the “best of the best” Indie books of 2015. Her collection of poetry and prose titled An Opera of Hankering has just been accepted for publication in 2025 by wordpoetrybooks.com. As part of her Word Thursdays presentation, she will be reading some poems from this new collection. To learn more about her work, visit her website: GinnahHoward.com